I don’t know a lot about the voice-acting profession, so it would be presumptuous of me if I were to take a sarcastic dig at striking voice actors over their union demands for increased pay, as L.A. Weekly’s Dennis Romero did in an article out yesterday:
So, of course, voice actors are on strike against video game companies, largely based here, over their measly pay — about $825 for a four-hour session of work. You could barely eat — first at Whole Foods, then at Mozza and finally at Providence — for that kind of cash.
Eight hundred and twenty-five dollars for four hours of work sounds like an impressive amount of money, but not when you consider how infrequent those sessions are for most voice actors. Romero clearly didn’t take that into consideration in his piece, and his L.A. Weekly article was not met well within the voice-acting industry.
Dennis Romero is to VA's what Dave Meltzer is to Wrestling Fans. A useless troll who don't know what he's talking about. #PerformanceMatters— J. Christian Gary (@ChrisGary92) October 27, 2016
Romero didn’t take the criticism of his article well, and rather than apologize or plead ignorance and suggest he will do better next time, Romero decided to insult his critics, instead.
Ha ha! Good one, jackass!
Seriously, if you demonize virgins to make a cheap joke about gamers, you are bottom of the barrel. @LAWeekly— AustinBLEEDMatthews (@amtraxVA) October 27, 2016
John DiMaggio (Adventure Time! Futurama) also took issue with the article, and Romero took issue with DiMaggio.
@TheJohnDiMaggio Alrigh Bendejo, I mean Bender. Stay white bro— Dennis Romero (@dennisjromero) October 27, 2016
I like this DiMaggio guy:
And I was blocked because I called him a shit-ton of awful things in response to his piece of shit, sorry, article on our strike. Justified? https://t.co/eVESQbx10E— John DiMaggio (@TheJohnDiMaggio) October 27, 2016
When a person of color tried to tell Romero that it’s not about that, Romero rudely insisted that it was.
His most egregiously douchebag exchange, however, was with Aimee Carerro, a prolific Dominican voice actress. After suggesting in his article that voice-actors were entitled whiners for asking for more money, Carerro told him exactly how much she makes (not much) and he basically made fun of her for it.
Classy guy, this Romero. Maybe he should be looking for another line of work.
Hey @LAWeekly, dump the trash reporter Dennis Romero. If you want tone respectable, you can't hire Tabloid journalists.— Colin Kennat (@CRKennat) October 27, 2016