August 16, 2022

The voice of Princess Leia in Star Wars’ new show just cruelly mocked Kavanaugh’s accuser

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Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


She was composed, articulate, credible, and her story was deeply moving. In short, one would have to be profoundly coldhearted to watched her speak and come away with anything less than deep empathy for her.

The internet was then understandably shocked when Rachel Butera, the voice actor for Princess Leia in the new Star Wars: Resistance television series, posted a video of herself mocking Ford’s testimony and impersonating her voice in a calloused fashion.

HuffPost reports that Butera has since deleted the video but not before it had already spread. Her Twitter has since gone private. Presumably, Butera realized what a huge, career-threatening mistake she’d made by mocking a possible victim of sexual assault

The video itself is a shameful display of cruelty, in which Butera says Ford sounds like a “baby.”

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“I sound like I’m back at that high school party; I can’t help it. I just have this kind of a voice, like a baby, even though I’m a doctor and I’m on this media circus, political stage, and I have kids myself, that I don’t know why I speak with vocal fry. But you can listen to my testimony and hear that a grown woman sounds this way,” Butera mocked.

There is simply no excuse for this kind of behavior. Even if one is skeptical of Ford’s allegations — and at this point, it seems highly unlikely that her story is anything but true — why would you mock her? Why take the risk of adding to the pain of a woman who very well might be the survivor of attempted rape?


Ford’s voice, for comparison:

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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