Rachel Butera—a voice actress who plays General Leia Organa in the forthcoming Star Wars Resistance animated series—posted a video of herself on Twitter recently.
But instead of a preview of her new role, Butera decided to mock Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's voice from her Senate Judiciary Committee testimony.
Butera deleted the Twitter video, but not before people saw her crudely impersonate Dr. Ford during her testimony at Thursday's Senate hearing regarding her sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is Donald Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Here's the video.
Before the video was taken down by Butera an hour after posting, SYFY Wire's Courtney Enlow managed to capture it and upload a copy of it on Vimeo.
"I don't know if anybody is listening to the Dr. Blasey Ford testimony about Brett Kavanagh, but this is how I sound," Butera says in the video.
"I know it's a surprise to even me that I talk this way and I'm a doctor and a grown woman."
"I sound like I'm still back at that high school party."
"I can't help it, I just have this kind of a voice, like a baby, even though I'm a doctor."
News of Butera's poor choice spread quickly online.
Rachel Butera who voices Leia in Star Wars: Resistance has released a video of herself mocking the voice of Dr. For… https://t.co/YnCJHLhIRK— News This Second (@News This Second) 1538074985.0
In Butera's video, the vocal performer—who also did work for Family Guy—went on to mock Ford's "vocal fry," which is a speech affectation women are often mocked for.
"I don't know why I speak with 'vocal fry', but you can listen to my testimony and hear that a grown woman sounds this way."
She was immediately under fire for making fun of Dr. Ford's speech patterns during an extremely traumatic event. Many people online vowed to boycott the series as long as Butera remained in the role.
The voice actor for Leia in Star Wars Resistance mocking the voice of Dr. Ford testifying about her sexual assault.… https://t.co/iSSME8fFNz— Elisabeth Winter (@Elisabeth Winter) 1538074720.0
@Disney, @WaltDisneyCo Fire Rachel Butera or face another boycott! Making fun of a rape victim has no place working for Disney.— Ray Ramirez (@Ray Ramirez) 1538089940.0
I believe Dr Ford. I believe women. I believe survivors. It is not ok to mock them. I am very disappointed in Rache… https://t.co/J8IFfjJV6j— Annie Stoll ⚔️🔥✨🌈 @ Anime NYC @ NYCC (@Annie Stoll ⚔️🔥✨🌈 @ Anime NYC @ NYCC) 1538076824.0
@Disney please rethink your relationship with Rachel Butera. I doubt many are going to watch Star Wars Resistance… https://t.co/0PnNDL168e— Charity Tabol, Ph.D. (@Charity Tabol, Ph.D.) 1538172561.0
Ugh. Expecting some recasting news for the role of Leia in #StarWarsResistance in 3… 2… 1… #NotMyGeneral https://t.co/ZYdBuTyNss— Ed Hall (@Ed Hall) 1538088736.0
Some users addressed Disney, suggesting that Butera's role be recast.
@NewsThisSecond Hello @Disney is this disgusting video up to the standards you expect of your employees? I wonder h… https://t.co/1mzC9IQBe7— Dear Dean (@Dear Dean) 1538075799.0
@DearDean22 @NewsThisSecond @Disney Not cool. Her mocking #DrFord is insensitive & horrible. She does not have my s… https://t.co/ytS9M5ox0O— nyotaimori (@nyotaimori) 1538075951.0
@NewsThisSecond @Disney @Lucasfilm here's one of your employees making light of sexual assault, you fired James Gunn now fire @RachelAButera— PKBitchGirl (@PKBitchGirl) 1538078354.0
Because the voice actress portrays the same role the late Carrie Fisher created, Twitter made some assertions about how the late actress would respond to Butera's mocking Dr. Ford.
@NewsThisSecond Carrie Fisher is rolling in her grave— Spencer Stevenson (@Spencer Stevenson) 1538079332.0
@Spence_s1001 @NewsThisSecond Let's be honest, Carrie's flipping her off with both hands.— 💜🐼 🅟🅐🅝🅓🅐🅘🅚🅞🅝 🐼💜 (@💜🐼 🅟🅐🅝🅓🅐🅘🅚🅞🅝 🐼💜) 1538085420.0
@NewsThisSecond https://t.co/UDiKG9pMch— Messy Prodigy (@Messy Prodigy) 1538103961.0
The Daily Dot reported that Butera apologized in a series of tweets.
"I was by no means mocking a rape victim I am 100% on Christine Blasey Ford's side!"
"I am just a vocal impressionist and decided to imitate her voice but it was a mistake. I apologize a [sic] and I believe ALl women."
"I am seriously sorry I honestly didn't think this would offend anyone I just thought I was imitating the voice."
But people noted her hypocrisy when she previously stated that "people only apologize to save their careers."
They also noted Butera chose to include direct references to Ford when she said she was a doctor and was "still back at that high school party."
Rachel Butera has apologised for her video adding that she was ‘just imitating a voice’. Earlier this year Rachel… https://t.co/I2IAHc0rdR— News This Second (@News This Second) 1538076554.0
After all the backlash she received based on her poor choice, Butera's Twitter account is now set to private.