I think there’s something strange and troubling that people are deciding that this situation is Laura Bailey’s fault in a year when the actor’s union literally went on strike in part because the games industry is so secretive with its talent that the talent has no idea who they are playing when they perform. Laura Bailey is the person in this situation with the least power.
We have it on record that when she recorded the role, Chloe was not Black.
Would I be happier if Bailey declined the award nomination? Yes, absolutely. Would I be happier if she was more outspoken about her discomfort with the role? Yes, absolutely. Is it possible that Bailey’s contract required her to praise the game at PR events? Yes. It’s actually quite likely.
I ask again, are people seriously suggesting that after months of work, when Naughty Dog made the character Black, Bailey’s response should have been to return her pay and step out of the project? Something that would have almost certainly have brought down tremendous contractual penalties upon her and probably tanked her career?
I’m unhappy with basically everybody in this situation but this shit is also a prime example of why the Actor’s union needs more power (and why I won’t buy strikebuster games)