Activision has condemned the horrendous sexist comments by Call of Duty voice actor Jeff Leach. For those who don’t know, Jeff Leach voiced the popular character named “Ghost” in the Call of Duty series. Well, he used to until getting fired. The situation is quite a nasty one after users began to make a stink about Jeff Leach and a load of sexist comments the actor made while on stream and during interviews.
Footage emerged online where Jeff Leach commented about a streamer named ZombiUnicorn back in 2017. However, this is just one of many situations being called out by the community. Many of them have put pressure on YouTube, Facebook Gaming and Activision to do something about his content. They have also questioned his partnerships in the community.
It all started when a video surfaced of Jeff Leach calling out ZombiUnicorn during a panel stream in December 2020. The streamer did not want to attend the panel so Jeff commented saying “she did not to come on. She’s actually have to be amusing. She couldn’t just rely on her horrendous cleavage.”
But that was just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the video then goes through some of the steams Jeff Leach hosted while playing Call of Duty and his comments are quite disturbing. Many of them containing vulgar language and sexist comments. In one clip Leach is heard saying “I love how it’s always like some dirty, dirty, gross f**king looking emo b**ch who looks like she f**king has no chance of getting a bit of d**k in her.”
Serious personalised intrusive sexism. Influence. Contempt. Violence! Serial offender! @TheZombiUnicorn
— NitroLukeDX (@NitroLukeDX) May 7, 2021
ZombiUnicorn then took it upon themself to post a video calling out Activision and Facebook Gaming (where Jeff Leach was a partner) to ask why they support a streamer with such bad behaviour. In the video, they claim that while Activision loves to show support for Black Live Matter, Pride, and Women’s Month, they also support streamers and content creators who blatantly attack the female gaming community.
I’ve took some time to address this situation in a thoughtful way & add my voice in the rising concern with how companies like @facebookgaming, @activision & @callofduty continue to overlook prejudiced malicious behaviors by cis white men like Jeff Leachhttps://t.co/cUYd4qkQE6 pic.twitter.com/J8XnH4WFbO
— Nati 🦩🌴Ⓥ (they/them) (@TheZombiUnicorn) May 8, 2021
Shortly after all this blew up, Activision sent a statement to CharlieIntel and confirmed that the company have ended all working relationships with Jeff Leach. They also “condemn” all of his remarks.
“Sexism has no place in our industry, our games or in society,” Activision says in a new statement. Activision is no longer working with Jeff Leach. We strongly condemn these remarks. We are committed to delivering a fun and safe experience for all players.”
It seems that Call of Duty will need to find a new Ghost voice actor should the character return to the series at any point.