Barely a week since Crunchyroll was rocked by controversy for recasting voice actors over contract disputes, the popular streaming platform has yet again found itself under fire. This time, subscribers can’t help but react to the streaming site’s message to users when trying to cancel their subscriptions.
In a Tweet posted Wednesday, Korean voice actor June Yoon shared a screenshot of Crunchyroll’s subscription cancellation page. The page reads, “Your action will hurt the anime studios” followed by a cancellation button below. The line “Support the Industry” is also seen in bold letters.
Yoon calls the message “pretty crummy,” adding that he will return as a subscriber when Crunchyroll complies with voice actor Kyle McCarley’s request. Earlier this week, McCarley, the English voice actor of the lead character Mob in Mob Psycho 100 revealed he will not be joining the third season of the anime due to Crunchyroll’s refusal to talk to him and other SAG-AFTRA representatives to negotiate possible future union contracts.
As of Friday, Sept 23, the tweet of June Yoon already garnered 17,000 likes and over 3,000 retweets.
The call for support from Crunchyroll’s site also didn’t go down well with other Twitter users. @marinmmillerVO commented that if the site really cared about anime, it wouldn’t have done the things it did, such as monopolizing the industry and favoring other businesses which he described to be “anti-union.”
Another user, @PurpleGeth, claimed that the pay for animators haven’t increased since Crunchyroll entered the industry.
The backlash serves as an addition to the series of controversies involving Crunchyroll.
Earlier this month, some users of the site complained they’re being charged for monthly Crunchyroll subscription fees even after deleting their accounts.