Statement on the Black Doom Controversy

Mar 21, 2016

In a panel at SXSW last week, in an effort to honor the legacy of a certain blue hedgehog, and thank the people who created him, I made a mistake in recalling the events of 11 years ago. It didn't take long to hear from some devoted fans who had searched the internet and found the facts. I want to apologize: I said I voiced Black Doom in Shadow the Hedgehog. Black Doom was instead voiced by Séan Schemmel. This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special gaming company, and by extension: one special final boss, and those who have voiced him, while I did not. I hope Séan knows he has my greatest respect. And also now my apology.1

When asked at the panel who voiced the character, I quipped “let me Google that.”2 Maybe I should have. I would not have chosen to make this mistake. I don’t know what screw-up in my mind caused me to conflate one rôle with countless others.3

As a result of my actions, I will be taking a leave of absence from future Sonic 25th Anniversary panels, until the next time I’m invited.

As the speaker of those words I, of course, accept full responsibility, but not the blame. Let me explain the difference: People who are to blame lose their jobs. People who are responsible do not.4

I know it sounds outlandish. There is nothing else I can think of.5 Couldn’t be sorrier.


Mike Pollock