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Activision Distance Themselves From Ghost Voice Actor Over Sexist Comments

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Activision Distance Themselves From Ghost Voice Actor Over Sexist Comments

Jeff Leach, the actor who plays Ghost in Call Of Duty, has been dropped by Activision following the reemergence of the sexist comments he made against another streamer and during his own stream.

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Easily, Ghost is one of the most popular characters in the series of first-person shooters, with his first appearance in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and featuring in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone. As an Operator in the battle royale, his arrival was teased with pictures of skulls appearing in Modern Warfare's multiplayer maps and Activision even hid the character in plain sight in the lobbies for Warzone in Season 2 in 2020. Recently, Leach was cast as the special forces operator in Call Of Duty Mobile and Call Of Duty: Warzone, yet, these clips showing the actor using hateful language against the streamer ZombiUnicorn and his audience has led to the publisher divorcing itself from Leach.

Appearing on The Tauntfest three years ago, a host says, "No wonder why ZombiUnicorn didn't want to come on!" Leach responds and criticises the streamer for not being funny enough for the talk show and makes an extremely inappropriate remark about her body. At the time, Leach was issued a ban by Twitch, but now the words used during his own Warzone stream in late 2020 have come under scrutiny too. In this situation, he has targeted a viewer and makes pejorative comments on their appearance. The clips are found here, but discretion is advised as the language is extreme.

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"Sexism has no place in our industry, our games or in society," said Activision 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." Now, pressure is being placed on Facebook by fans, as Leach is a partnered streamer on the platform. "We're still waiting on your response to allowing hate and prejudice to reign free on your platform," said ZombiUnicorn in a post to Twitter, and added that people have sent her death threats for drawing attention to Leach's attitude towards others. "Anyone who sends threatening messages is not representative of me or my community and I do not condone this is [sic] any way," said Leach in a separate Tweet.

Right now, it's not known whether Activision will change Ghost's voice actor in Warzone and Call Of Duty Mobile, and Facebook Gaming is yet to issue its own response.

Featured Image Credit: Activision, Jeff Leach via Twitter

Topics: News, Call of Duty Warzone, Call of Duty, Activision

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