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Ubisoft removes British journalist from Watch Dogs: Corps over “controversial remarks”

Ubisoft has announced that it will remove journalists from the Watch Dogs: Legion voicecast. The reporter in question is believed to have been replaced because of her controversial view of gender identity.

Two in-game podcasts narrated by journalists have been removed and replaced by open world games. In a statement given to Kotaku, Ubisoft states that the decision was made after some “controversial” views caught the attention of the publisher. “I noticed a controversial statement from a journalist showing voice-over performance on two Watch Dogs Legion in-game podcasts,” says Ubisoft. “Neither Ubisoft nor the game reflects this journalist’s point of view.”

The Legion podcast was put together by an external producer. Everyone in the cast uses pre-approved scripts, but the studio understands that collaboration can be considered “offensive.” Contributions will be replaced in future updates and partner background checks will be “enhanced” in the future. No time has been given as to when to expect the above updates or who will be involved.

The journalist in question is Helen Lewis, a staff writer for The Atlantic, and Jonathan Haynes, a deputy editor for her husband, The Guardian. Publicly condemned Ubisoft’s decision on Twitter..Criticism of Lewis’ involvement began to spread twitter And Reset Era, people call her transphobia for gender and transgender work. Lewis denied such labeling and believed in New Statesman that “trans women are women and trans men are men,” but “concerned about self-identity and its impact on gender-separated spaces.” I have. “

In 2017, she published a Times editorial condemning the simplification of obtaining a legally recognized sex change in the United Kingdom. “Women or men are now completely in your head,” she reads. “In this climate, who challenges someone with a beard that exposes the penis in the women’s changing room?”

A 2016 study by the National Transgender Equality Center and a 2018 study by the UCLA Law School found that neither indiscriminate law had a causal link to increased harassment and violence in public toilets. It was. “Opposites of public facilities law, including gender identity protection, often argue that the law makes women and children vulnerable to attacks in public toilets,” said Amira Hasenbush, lead author of the UCLA study. writing. “But this study provides evidence that these cases are rare and unrelated to the law.”

Ubisoft itself has been undergoing corporate change since the beginning of the summer as a wave of sexual harassment and criticism from past and present staff led to the resignation of several executives and internal investigations. In the review, I enjoyed Watch Dogs: Legion.

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