Activision has mentioned that it’s going to now not work with Name of Responsibility voice actor Jeff Leach after a sequence of sexist feedback Leach has made surfaced on social media.
Leach was answerable for the voice of Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley in 2019’s Name of Responsibility: Trendy Warfare and Name of Responsibility Cell. As a part of a Twitter thread from YouTuber NitroLukeDX, a video that includes a few of Leach’s previous remarks has been circulating on social media. The video consists of clips from Leach, throughout a number of streams, making specific, sexual, and hateful remarks about ladies.
The video under consists of offensive language:
Severe personalised intrusive sexism. Affect. Contempt. Violence! Serial offender! @TheZombiUnicorn
— NitroLukeDX (@NitroLukeDX) May 7, 2021
Activision offered an announcement to CharlieIntel on Could 8 condemning the actor’s remarks, and chopping skilled ties with him. “Sexism has no place in our business, our video games or in society,” Activision mentioned. “Activision is now not working with Jeff Leach. We strongly condemn these remarks. We’re dedicated to delivering a enjoyable and protected expertise for all gamers.”
Leach was beforehand banned from Twitch for feedback made about streamer TheZombiUnicorn in 2017, and has since change into a streamer on Fb Gaming. Fb has not commented at time of writing. TheZombiUnicorn has since posted a response to the brand new video of Leach, calling on platforms and sponsors supporting Leach to take motion.
Leach has not outwardly commented on the video, or Activision’s determination to chop ties with him, however (seemingly attributable to fan backlash over the choice) tweeted to say that “anybody who sends threatening messages shouldn’t be consultant of me or my neighborhood and I don’t condone that is [sic] any method.” In replies on Twitter, Leach has been defending his actions on stream, saying that the later clips are responses to trolls in his chat and he was utilizing his expertise “as knowledgeable comedian” to “destroy them.”