A lead designer for the Harry Potter video game ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ has found himself embroiled in controversy after old right-leaning videos were uncovered by social justice warriors.
The designer, Troy Leavitt, is currently working with development studio Avalanche Software on the highly anticipated video game, but many on social media appear to want him nowhere near the project now that his past has been put under the spotlight.
Leavitt’s YouTube videos have included titles like “The Injustice of Social Justice,” “In Praise of Cultural Appropriation,” and “Are Thoughtcrimes Becoming Real?” First highlighted by Did You Know Gaming contributor Liam Robertson, Leavitt was accused of being a “far-right YouTuber” making “anti-fem[inist]” videos.
While there have been plenty of social media users denouncing Leavitt for his personal YouTube page, there has also been a quick response from cancel culture critics who are spinning Leavitt’s controversy into a good thing.
“Where can I pre-order?” asked one Twitter user, echoing similar statements from numerous others.
Leavitt’s YouTube channel is personal, but it is promoted on his Twitter page. In one video, he claims his employers, Avalanche and Warner Bros, are aware of his output and did not object to it when it came to their attention.
“I’m happy to say that, even though I disclosed my YouTube channel to WB Games, it didn’t appear to be an issue for them,” Leavitt said.
Warner Bros, however, felt forced to distance the game from the creator of the franchise after the criticisms, updating the game’s site to say Rowling is not “directly involved” in the project.
The pushback trend could also be seen in the case of Gina Carano recently, as well. The MMA-fighter-turned-actress was dismissed from the popular series ‘The Mandalorian’ by Disney after angered liberals took issue with multiple right-leaning social media posts, one in particular comparing modern political discourse in the US to Nazi Germany.
Shortly after her firing, Carano signed a movie deal with the Daily Wire. Founder Ben Shapiro promised to “uncancel” the star and others through his new film distribution wing.