Noted Dragon Ball dub voice actress Monica Rial has withdrawn from KamehaCon, which has prompted several more noteworthy voice actors to follow suit.
KamehaCon is a popular Dragon Ball convention in Irving, Texas. On March 24th, Rial -- who voices Bulma in Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super -- abruptly withdrew from the convention.
I have decided to cancel my appearance at Kamehacon. This was a difficult decision because the last thing I want to do is disappoint the fans. To make it up to you guys, I’m working on finding a space to do a signing. I will share the details as soon as I have them worked out. ❤️— Monica Rial (@Rialisms) March 24, 2019
Following this, several other voice actors, including Jason Douglas (Beerus, King Cold), Daman Mills (Monka, Narirama), Josh Grelle (Grand Minister) and Sarah Wiedenheft (Zenou) have withdrawn from the convention. While several voice actors are still in attendance (including Christopher Sabat, Damon Clarke and Linda Young), KamehaCon has yet to remove the withdrawn voice actors from their website's guest list.
I have withdrawn from my previously announced Friday appearance at Kamehacon in April. My regrets to the fans and friends who had planned to meet me there.— Jason Douglas (@MrJasonDouglas) March 24, 2019
I'm profoundly sorry and regret to say that I have withdrawn my upcoming appearance at Kamehacon. This has come after a great deal of thought, and ultimately comes down to following what I feel is right. Please understand, we're working on a way to make this up to fans.— Daman Mills (@DamanMills) March 24, 2019
I have withdrawn my appearance at @KamehaCon next month. Apologies to any attendees that this affects. I am working on a way to make it up to you.— Josh Grelle (@JoshGrelle) March 25, 2019
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I regret to announce that I have withdrawn my appearance at Kamehacon. I apologize to any attendees this may affect. Please look forward to any future events!— Sarah 🍀 Wiedenheft (@SarahWiedenheft) March 25, 2019
While at no point have any of these voice actors confirmed the specific reasons why they are withdrawing from KamehaCon, there is very good reason to believe that the concerns relate to KamehaCon bringing controversial voice actor Vic Mignogna in as a guest. KamehaCon announced Mignogna as a guest on March 23; the voice actors started withdrawing on March 24.
Mignogna has a long career in voice acting. However, in recent months, allegations of sexual harassment were made against him. Rumors of Mignogna's conduct have been floating around for over a decade in the anime community, but it came to a head when Rial -- the first voice actor to withdraw following KamehaCon announcing Mignogna as a guest -- came forward with this tweet.
These last few weeks have been some of the hardest of my lifetime. Please understand that we are ALL hurting. No matter what you choose to believe, please be kind. <3 pic.twitter.com/bBM2j5etVk— Monica Rial (@Rialisms) February 20, 2019
Following this, many other voice actors and fans began to share their stories and accusations. Following internal investigations, both Rooster Teeth and Funimation (the company that dubs Dragon Ball) cut ties with Mignogna.
While Rial and other voice actors have yet to confirm or deny why they are leaving the con, the timing of it leads many to believe that they are leaving so they wouldn't have to be at the same convention as Mignogna. It is important to note that these voice actors are free to cancel their attendance at a convention at their convenience.
KamehaCon has since made this statement following the mass departure of guests:
We are aware of withdraws from the convention. Those discussions will be handled professionally and privately. We ask that you please respect their decisions. We still have some amazing guests that will be announced that are excited to meet you all this year!— Kameha Con (@KamehaCon) March 25, 2019