Keep Jon Jafari's (JonTron) cameo in Yooka-Laylee
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Hello, if you are here reading this than you most likely already know the situation. But in case you do not, I'll give you a brief rundown and a few links so you can get caught up. YouTuber JonTron, real name, Jon Jafari, recently came out on twitter with some unpopular opinions to say the least, in a debate with another YouTuber, Destiny. I'd rather have you watch the video debate that occurred after the twitter scandal, since I don't want to show a bias, or miss any details.
Link to the debate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RQA9GZprqM
Later after that, Jon still had people attacking him left and right, so he felt that people didn't understand his views, and he made a statement video, trying to give a better explanation, which might help some of you see it through his eyes, or at least give him a chance for what he was saying, without immodesty calling him a racist.
Link to the statement by Jon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIFf7qwlnSc&feature=youtu.be
But what does all that have to do with our petition. Well let me explain. An indie game development team, made up primarily of Ex-Rare Ware developers, had launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for a Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor, named Yooka-Laylee. After the campaign had done extremely well, the game had it's budget. Later in the same year, 2015, it was announced by PlayTonic games (The Indie Developer) that they would be working with popular YouTuber and Voice talent JonTron on a cameo character in the game. This excited many people, since lots of fans of Banjo-Kazooie were Jontron fans and vice-versa. Recently though, after Jon Jafari stated his personal views, Playtonic games announced they would be removing Jon's cameo from the game, with less than a month until release (April 11, 2017). Now, many fans of JonTron and Yooka-Laylee, were upset. Just because of some public debate now the fans would be losing a cameo that they were quite excited for. The cameo is even completely finished, so why not include it. Does it make that much of a difference if Jon is in the game or not?
Playtonic's Statement -"JonTron is a talented video presenter who we were initially, two years ago, happy to include as a voice contributor in our game. However, in light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron's inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update. We would like to make absolutely clear that we do not endorse or support JonTron's personal viewpoints and that, as an external fan contributor, he does not represent Playtonic in any capacity. Playtonic is a studio that celebrates diversity in all forms and strives to make games that everyone can enjoy. As such, we deeply regret any implied association that could make players feel anything but 100% comfortable in our game worlds, or distract from the incredible goodwill and love shown by our fans and Kickstarter backers."
Yooka-Laylee Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLRUce0a9CA
So that is where you come in. Let's show Playtonic games that many of the fans want the cameo to still appear in the game. If you feel this way, please consider signing the petition, you never know, it's possible we might make a change. :D
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