Star Wars Resistance hasn’t even aired yet and it’s already mired in controversy. From the moment Disney released images, some fans have voiced their displeasure with the show’s anime-style production. Others have claimed that the plot appears to copy the oft-maligned Episode I (i.e. recruitment of a racing prodigy to join the fight). The latest controversy to besiege the Polygon Pictures production involves Star Wars voice actress Rachel Butera.
The actress, who portrays General Leia Organa in Resistance, recently took to Twitter to mock the voice of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Dr. Ford, if you’ve been living under a rock, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when the pair were younger. Butera’s comments came following Dr. Ford’s testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Actress Rachel Butera Mocks Kavanaugh Accuser via Twitter
In a video the actress posted on Twitter, Rachel Butera mocked Dr. Ford’s “baby” voice. While she has apparently since deleted her twitter account, you can still view the video here. Butera came under immediate fire from fans for the video, citing her lack of empathy for another woman who may have been the victim of sexual abuse.
Rachel Butera said in a tweeted apology before deleting her account “I am seriously sorry I honestly didn’t think this would offend anyone I just thought I was imitating the voice. I was by no means mocking a rape victim.”
She further explained that she is “just a vocal impressionist and decided to imitate her voice but it was a mistake.” For some, the apology was insufficient:
Not one single show. Ever.!
— Shanelle Little (@ShanelleLittle) September 27, 2018
How Disney will react to the Rachel Butera matter remains to be seen. Remember, the company fired Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn over tweets and jokes he made over a decade ago. These “Twitter-versies” make one wonder what The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson said in the thousands of tweets he preemptively deleted a few weeks ago.
No matter what happens with Butera, Star Wars Resistance debuts October 7 on the Disney Channel.
Source: Fox News