Last of Us 2 voice actor Laura Bailey shares death threats on Twitter

The voice of Abby from The Last of Us Part 2 is the target of online harassment. She took to Twitter in an attempt to stop this madness.


The Internet can be a dark and sinister place. Users are given anonymity on certain platforms, which can lead to some god awful behavior. This is the case in the current wave of hatred being spewed in the direction of voice actor Laura Bailey. Her role as Abby in The Last of Us Part 2 has drawn the ire of some of the worst people on the Internet, and they are taking it too far as only an unruly online mob can do. Laura shared some of the death threats she has been receiving online in a tweet earlier today. Check out the embed below.

No one should ever have to endure this level of hatred online or in person. It seems that most of the comments revolve around the character she played in The Last of Us Part 2. That's right, a fictional character in a made up world. These people are willing to tell voice actor Laura Bailey that they will kill her.

Over a video game.

Our own Josh Hawkins reviewed the game and also sat down to talk about some of the big events in the game that have divided the community. Be sure to check out Josh's feature The Last of Us didn't need a sequel, but I'm glad we got one to read more on that topic.

The Last of Us Part 2 has been review bombed by a cohort of gamers who are very upset about something that happened in the game. This has likely been exacerbated by the game being leaked earlier this year. It is truly unfortunate that all of this is happening as Laura's performance is truly a highlight in one of the finest games to be released this year. It would be nice if the Internet could stop being terrible for a minute. Wouldn't it?


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    July 3, 2020 5:00 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Last of Us 2 voice actor Laura Bailey shares death threats on Twitter

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      July 3, 2020 6:17 PM

      Ugh. I'm getting really tired of the toxicity in gaming.

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      July 3, 2020 6:49 PM

      Happens in film and TV as well.

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        July 3, 2020 6:57 PM

        I recall the actor who played Ben in Lost getting threats at the time and same with other villains performed by amazing actors.

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          July 3, 2020 9:05 PM

          The kid (KID) who played Anakin in phantom menace got it bad too

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      July 3, 2020 7:05 PM

      I do wish people would not do this. Regardless of your like or dislike of a character or writer or anyone in stuff, you should have the common fucking sense to seperate the two.
      I mean look at Kai Winn, holy fuck that woman was so hateable but it just means she's a great actress :(

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        July 3, 2020 9:45 PM


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          July 4, 2020 12:17 AM

          lwoxana is hardly a villain and considering her Trek heritage, you give that lady a wide berth, she's a legend.

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        July 3, 2020 11:37 PM

        Man, I really can't think of many fictional characters I've hated as much as I hated Kai Winn. She was just such a slimy, vile presence. The actress absolutely killed in that role.

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          July 3, 2020 11:49 PM

          I don't know the character so I looked it up and it is Louise Fletcher, hell yes she is going to be great in any role she takes

          Still traumatized by Nurse Ratched as a kid

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        July 4, 2020 6:24 AM

        I wish people wouldn’t issue death threats to anyone on twitter! Doesn’t matter to whom.

        That should be an perma ban at minimum, with the account, tweetless, but with their name visible remaining for all to see with a notice that they were banned for posting death threats. Should be great for job interviews

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      July 3, 2020 7:08 PM

      Think I'm about done with nerds.

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      July 3, 2020 7:14 PM

      And she's the best character in the entire game

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      July 3, 2020 7:35 PM

      wow, what pathetic human beings.

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      July 3, 2020 9:08 PM

      Nerds are the worst

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      July 3, 2020 9:11 PM

      I JUST finished the game. The story is tremendous.

      I can’t even imagine what a fucking moron you’d have to be to triggered by the game, much less threaten one of the actors who performed the part. Pathetic.

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      July 3, 2020 9:12 PM

      Ugh what the heck is wrong with people?

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      July 3, 2020 10:19 PM

      I was browsing one of the TLOU2 subreddits this morning, totally crazed. One segment of users bitching about Abby’s story line, another applauding some youtube Angry Joe review, others voicing issues they have with the story as a whole and getting shouted down by others.

      Game of the year for me so far, I love what they’ve done with the characters and it’s just such a complete package. Started the NG+ on hard last night and it’s an actual challenge even with the upgraded skills and weapons. I’m gonna get all those damn cards this time, using the shack guide.

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      July 3, 2020 10:46 PM

      I'm really excited to play the game but am going to wait until PS5.

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      July 3, 2020 11:54 PM

      I've been a Laura Bailey fan for many years now and this is just... Sickening. It's be sickening no matter who it happened to but Laura Bailey is a freaking care bear.

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      July 4, 2020 12:20 AM

      That 0.1% of mentally ill people who actually write this stuff and mean it, are in the minority and need professional help.

      The vast majority of people and gamers don't do this shit.

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        July 4, 2020 12:32 AM

        Don't lump people with mental disorders in with these assholes. There are plenty of people out there, in the gaming community as well, who are perfectly in control of all of their faculties and are still shitty human beings.

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          July 4, 2020 12:37 AM

          My point is, if you actually threaten someone's life, online or IRL, you have mental problems.

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            July 4, 2020 1:08 AM

            That’s what hes saying... No they don't.

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            July 4, 2020 3:30 AM

            Absolutely not.

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              July 4, 2020 7:04 AM

              Absolutely yes. Mentally sane people don't threaten people with murder.

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            July 4, 2020 8:30 AM

            remember the ebay story recently where a bunch of ebay employees stalked and harassed that woman for writing in the newsletter?

            this stuff can and often is premeditated and meant to have the intended effect of silencing people. definitely there are people who do this and have trouble controlling themselves, but many these people are completely 100% sane and lucid, they're just awful people who legitimately believe this is a completely fair way of behaving.

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            July 4, 2020 8:35 AM

            Plenty of threats have pre-calculated motives behind them. It's fear used as a tool. No different than terrorism.

            This doesn't make people insane unless you want to pull a No True Scotsman and say that any criminal act is by definition "crazy".

            This really simplifies reasons and motivations behind crimes though and no criminal psychologist would simply say "they did it because they're not sane".

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            July 4, 2020 8:41 AM

            What specific actual mental illness do you think they have?

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            July 4, 2020 9:31 AM

            I get what you're saying. If you're capable of threatening someone's life that in itself is a "mental problem" and you're probably right on some level. You're going to get pushback because of what people generally consider to be a mental disorder and that those people aren't necessarily always directly malicious.

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            July 4, 2020 10:14 AM

            That's entirely too simplistic. You need to classify mental disorders, it's a spectrum where on one end you have intent (control of faculties) and the other you would have basal mechanisms (inherited + genetic + life long damage).

            I think a significant portion of these are still closer to the intent line than the other

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        July 4, 2020 1:23 AM

        People that have unhappy lives do unhappy things. The happy people are too busy being happy to bother.

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        July 4, 2020 4:17 AM

        The vast majority of gamer's and gaming communities do sow the seeds where this stuff happens though.

        Such an obsession over hating on stuff online and Shack is very guilty of this as well, look at how may threads Star Wars gets still as just one example.

        None of it is construction and it's all overly obsessive. Yet we get so little obsessive praise of things we like.

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        July 4, 2020 10:39 AM

        I'm willing to bet a lot of money that the largest consumers of video games are the ones who're doing this.

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      July 4, 2020 12:38 AM

      BTW, great Kinda Funny interview with Laura.

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        July 4, 2020 6:14 AM

        Warning: Spoilers within. I need to finish the game before I watch this interview.

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      July 4, 2020 1:00 AM

      Like it or not, this is gamer culture. We need to do better.

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        July 4, 2020 1:26 AM

        The industry actually is IMO. We have a lot of diverse games coming from all different kinds of people.

        It's the consumers that can act like a bunch of shit cunts. Luckily it doesn't do anything but pursuade developers to fight those people even harder. No one is bowing down to toxic gaming ideology.

        These asshole either need to shut the fuck up and accept the push for change, or go away and find another hobby to hate.

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          July 4, 2020 6:03 AM

          The industry is not at all diverse. Its also hostile to women and people of colour. Toxicity is just as much a part of the creation of games as it is the consumption.

          I've done a lot of work with the dev community in my city, and I can tell you that it also has a loooooong way to go.

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      July 4, 2020 2:15 AM

      Can we get a public apology to the community of people who simply dislike certain aspects of the game?
      Your whole "news" lacks any basic research and is an outright lie.
      1. There was no mob of death threats. It is six individuals over the last 30 days or so.
      2. These individuals who send death threats are the target audience of TLOU2 and they love the game.

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        July 4, 2020 2:32 AM


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        July 4, 2020 4:55 AM


        Why should ND apologize to that part of the community who dislike aspects of the game?

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          July 4, 2020 5:38 AM


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            July 4, 2020 7:03 AM

            Thank you for clarifying that for me because I was unsure of which community he was asking for an apology to.

            But also lol.

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        July 4, 2020 6:26 AM

        Apology? And the death threats people are the target audience? Why the fuck did I buy the game then? Clearly it’s not for me.

        What is this post.

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          July 4, 2020 6:36 AM

          What you're witnessing is an early, nerdy version of proto-fascism.

          I WILL GET MY WAY OR YOU WILL DIE! But it's ok, because I only told you I'm going to kill you a handful of times, LOL!

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        July 4, 2020 6:51 AM

        Can we get a public apology from you for this post?

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          July 4, 2020 7:57 AM

          This is this user’s first and only post

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            July 4, 2020 10:16 AM

            I'd rather not engage with unhinged folks who have infinite time and no morals

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        July 4, 2020 8:08 AM

        Fuck off.

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        July 4, 2020 8:20 AM

        First and only comment in your history. If you reply to this thread I'll honestly be amazed.

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        July 4, 2020 8:21 AM

        That shit dont fly around these parts friend.

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        July 4, 2020 8:22 AM

        Feel free to stay offline forevermore.

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        July 4, 2020 9:34 AM

        Ok fascist Morty.

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        July 4, 2020 10:15 AM

        To think you created an account just to post this.

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        July 4, 2020 10:41 AM

        Hey guy I've never seen before. You're a fucking idiot!

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        July 4, 2020 2:35 PM

        You know what? Lets assume you have a point. I don't think you do, but lets do that thought experiment. You are upset about the game and all this is expressing that. Okay. Thing is, Laura Bailey is a fucking actor. She reads the script that's put in front of her. In this game, that script had "Abby's lines on it." She didn't write Abby's character. She didn't write what Abby did, or the story that resulted from that. She read the lines that Abby's script had. Realistically, if you are going to be upset about the story, you should be harassing the WRITERS AND DIRECTORS. Which you shouldn't, you don't deserve an apology and fuck you, but at least if you were going after them it'd make some semblance of sense.

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      July 4, 2020 3:32 AM

      How come we are able to send death threats without having to identify ourselves?

      Also these shit persons belong in a jail with a live stream of them crying themselves to sleep.

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      July 4, 2020 3:36 AM

      A friend and colleague when I worked in games on community once told me about the multiple death threats she'd had after a few years in the industry. By that point I'd worked in games for 8 years and hadn't received a single one. That was my first real "games industry is often complete shit towards women" wake up call.

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        July 4, 2020 3:57 AM

        See also: dahanese's post history. Gamers are particularly shitty to women in community management roles. I saw the same thing even with the crappy Bakugan web game the toy company I worked for put out.

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          July 4, 2020 4:20 AM

          I've gone through experiences of stalking and daily threats over a long period of time. All I can say is the strongest person still does get affected by it.

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          July 4, 2020 11:00 AM


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        July 4, 2020 4:37 AM

        I dunno how women can stand it to be honest. If I copped that kind of abuse I'd be gone without looking back.

        You must be tough as fucking nails to put up with death threats, rape threats and general abuse on a daily basis, and still be able to love the job.

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          July 4, 2020 9:24 AM

          This friend of mine is still in the industry and doesn’t take shit from anyone, though she went freelance and now runs a successful indie games marketing agency after getting sick of AAA publishing. She’s an excellent, smart, determined person.

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      July 4, 2020 6:18 AM

      Is there a law against death threats? I honestly feel that, especially when it's as obvious and irrefutable aka written down, it should be punishable.

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        July 4, 2020 6:21 AM

        We just made lynching in the US a federal crime so I’d say probably not.

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        July 4, 2020 6:22 AM

        Probably falls under freedom of speech (unless that speech is in direct conflict with someone who could snuff you out).

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        July 4, 2020 6:56 AM

        Death threats are illegal, even in the USA, the difficulty lies in tracking who said it and proving that it was them.

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          July 7, 2020 8:42 PM

          That won't stop a cop from arresting you. In California threats are a big deal. Its up to the DA to charge you. I was accused of making a threat and spent 35 days in jail to get acquitted. In my case the person I was talking to said something to someone else who misinterpreted the conversation. They called the police and I was arrested and held on $55,000 bail until the person I talked to took the stand and said I made no threat. The jury selection took 8 hours. The trial was less than an hour and jury took 15 minutes. Lotta people out there who love to abuse power. Thank god for juries.

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            July 7, 2020 8:44 PM

            Oh that sucks, goddamn makes me mad.

            Though I did mean online with the added anonimity.

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        July 4, 2020 9:39 AM

        States generally have laws against “terroristic threats” though most are old in the ways of implementation where online threats aren’t considered “viable” because they don’t realize how doxxing is real and how one’s threat can spur someone else who didn’t make the threat to act on it.

        Given the nature of it being online now you have interstate communications so is it a federal responsibility or local jurisdiction which under all scenarios there’s little resources and enforcement. Only when there’s an exceptional incident with plenty of media coverage might there be some action taken.

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          July 7, 2020 8:43 PM

          FBI won't touch anything less than $100k damages...

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      July 4, 2020 6:22 AM

      Dox them. Public shaming is still really effective.

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      July 7, 2020 8:32 PM

      That is so fucking gnarley. Seems like a good person too. WTF is wrong with people? When did so many people get stuck on stupid?

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