The voice actress for Ada Wong in the new Resident Evil 4 Remake, Lily Gao has faced online harassment over the past couple of days from fans of the series. So much so that Gao has since disabled her Instagram replies to avoid toxic fans bullying her and posting hateful comments on her page.
The long and short of the story is that Lily Gao replaced Jolene Anderson who originally voiced Ada Wong in the Resident Evil 2 Remake. Anderson joined a Union and Capcom wanted to avoid hiring union workers to help on the Resident Evil 4 Remake. As a result, the original RE 2 Remake voice actress wasn’t hired for the job. Instead, Capcom hired Lily Gao.
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If you have played the Resident Evil 4 Remake, you’ll probably notice that Goa’s performance as Ada Wong wasn’t great. It is a far cry from the stellar performance we had from Anderson in the RE2 Remake. Instead of portraying the same personality from the second game, Lily Gao’s Ada is a bit more tamed and if anything, dull.
However, instead of going after the studio that firstly, hired Gao and secondly, directed her performance, fans have now attacked the voice actress as a result. Her Instagram was littered with toxic comments from gamers. Many of them complain that it was the “worst voice acting they’ve heard in years”. Other says there was “nothing seductive” about Gao’s performance….
what’s happening with ada’s VA in resident evil 4 (2023) is beyond unacceptable. everyone has opinions according to their own experience, but going to her social media (and even past VAs of the character) to offend her is sickening and deplorable.
respect lily gao and her work. pic.twitter.com/VxByjojlME
— ada wong archives. (@archiveadawong) April 2, 2023
As a result of the hate, Gao has since disabled comments across all her social media platforms. This is likely the best way to handle the situation to avoid the stress of online trolls harassing her over something so simple.
Fans have also raised concern over the leaked “Separate Ways” DLC which will see Ada Wong take the centre stage for the content. Some rude gamers say they will now have to “mute the entire DLC” to avoid listening to her voice.
Seems that with all the nice games we have to play and all the stuff on TV to watch, people still find more entertainment in being a keyboard warrior. Resident Evil 4 Remake is out now on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Read my full review of the game here.