Five Nights At Freddy’s creator denies he’s a homophobe after donating to Donald Trump
Scott Cawthon, the creator of the popular horror video game series Five Nights at Freddy’s, has said he “won’t apologise” for funding Republican politicians, including Donald Trump.
The animator and designer came under fire last week for donations to various US politicians.
As revealed by a Twitter user known as ‘Chief Imagineering Officer of Antifa’ with a screenshot of Cawthon’s public filings, Cawthon has maxed out his political donations to a number of Republican politicians from 2015 to 2020.
The donations range from $5 to $5,000, including a $2,000 donation to Donald Trump and a $5,000 donation to anti-LGBT+ senator Mitch McConnell.
“turns out scott cawthon, well-known as the creator of five nights at freddy’s and less known as being a christian fundie, maxed out his political donations to republican candidates and PACs in 2020,” reads the tweet.
turns out scott cawthon, well-known as the creator of five nights at freddy's and less known as being a christian fundie, maxed out his political donations to republican candidates and PACs in 2020. pic.twitter.com/pwgrjqx6xS
— chief imagineering officer of antifa (@IAmGryphoneer) June 10, 2021
The list of politicians does include Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, receiving $2,500, but as noted “if you look at her politics the picture becomes clear”.
“she’s a crypto-fash who’s allied with hindutva militias, pushes anti-trans bills and appeared on PragerU…”
Since then, Cawthon followed up on Reddit to defend his stance: “I’ve debated greatly how best to address this, including not addressing it at all, but with so many people from the LGBT community in the fanbase that I love, that’s not an option.
“I’d like to think that the last seven years would have given me the benefit of the doubt in regards to how I try to treat people, but there I was, trending on twitter for being a homophobe, getting doxed, with people threatening to come to my house.”
He continued: “Even if there were candidates who had better things to say to the LGBT community directly, and bigger promises to make, I believed that their stances on other issues would have ended up doing much greater harm to those communities than good.
“I’m a republican. I’m a Christian. I’m pro-life. I believe in God. I also believe in equality, and in science, and in common sense. Despite what some may say, all of those things can go together. That’s not an apology or promise to change, it’s the way it’s always been.”
Cawthon is known as an animator and game designer, not only for Five Nights at Freddy’s but a number of biblical films.
He began Five Nights at Freddy’s in 2014 and has since released several more games in the series, as well as a novel trilogy and a forthcoming film adaptation.
Owing to the success of the series, in 2020 he was estimated to have a net worth of $60 million.
A new game in the series, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, is due out later this year on PlayStation and PC. A gameplay video was recently shown at a PlayStation State of Play presentation.
However, many gamers have responded negatively to this donation news, especially LGBT+ gamers unhappy that Cawthon has been funding politicians against LGBT+ rights. FNAF has since been trending on Twitter.
Flabbergasted, flummoxed, absolutely floored, that the dude from Houston, Texas, whose previous works include "The Jesus Kids' Club" and "A Christmas Journey: About the Blessings God Gives", might be a bit to the right. pic.twitter.com/jWKy4LlCNs
— June 18th! June 18th! (@GuyChihuehue) June 10, 2021
Sorry about the politics but when someone is donating to the people actively trying to take away my rights as a human being, said person can get fuckin bent.
Sucks too because I really wanted to play that new FNAF game coming soon :/ https://t.co/tmjrfCqDbw
— Donut 🏳️🌈 (@left4donut) June 11, 2021
If you didn't know, several anti-trans bills were passed this year alone and ppl like scott are the reasons why these bills and conservative moves are being passed. Yes, this is very important – y'all pay him so he can pay to have your rights taken away. https://t.co/flQLB7BBJT
— THEY GOT TITTIES ON NAMEK? 🛸🏳️⚧️ (@wild_forms) June 10, 2021
some people are truly so dense and so blinded by fandom. can't believe how many posts i've seen like "umm actually just because the fnaf guy donated tens of thousands to republicans doesn't mean he agrees with their agenda" it does actually. that is literally what it means
— Bobby Schroeder (@ponettplus) June 11, 2021
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