Earlier this month, Capcom released Devil May Cry 5, which was a long-awaited entry in the DMC franchise. While Devil May Cry 5 was no doubt one of the most anticipated games of 2019 prior to its release, the game's voice actor Joey Camen, has gone under fire after several players of the game uncovered controversial YouTube videos that were labelled racist and homophobic.
The controversial videos showed Camen allegedly wearing blackface and using racist language. People also discovered a separate video where the voice actor sports a wig while making transphobic jokes. Immediately after the discovery of the offensive materials, Camen was quick to delete the videos from his YouTube channel and has since issued an apology to the community.
Camen tried to explain that the videos were meant to be an "edgy" type of comedy and that he never portrayed himself in blackface, given that he was merely wearing a multicolored mask. The controversy drew attention after a ResetEra user named Skittles commented on the fact that while Morrison is the only person of color in Devil May Cry 5, he is voiced by a white actor who posted racist videos on YouTube. In talking to Eurogamer, Camen said:
"I'm sorry and I truly apologize to anyone who was offended. Look, I have been a professional standup comedian, actor and voice actor my entire adult life. I do voices and impersonation for a living. I am also Jewish and I grew up in Detroit in primarily black neighborhoods. The voices and characters I do reflect my life experiences and admiration for the people I grew up with. The videos I did were comedy parodies with characters speaking in their vernacular."
The videos posted in Camen's YouTube channel were regularly uploaded during a year-long period between 2016 and 2017. In Camen's own description of his channel, it is stated that it is a place for "outrageous comedy characters". Although Capcom is still yet to give its official statement regarding the controversy, a spokesperson from the Devil May Cry 5 developer explained that the views expressed by Camen do not reflect Capcom's in any way.
A couple of weeks ago, Devil May Cry 5 also found itself in controversy when it was discovered that the PlayStation version of censored a scene in certain regions. Several players wondered why the Western PS4 version is the only platform that was censored when the game's counterparts on other platforms showed brief nudity. As of the moment, neither Capcom nor Sony have commented regarding the issue.
Devil May Cry 5 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.