Animator Scott Cawthon, who created the wildly popular horror survival video game “Five Nights at Freddy’s” in 2014, is refusing to apologize for donating to former President Trump and other conservative politicians despite doxing and death threats.
Cawthon, 43, started trending on Twitter after it surfaced that he had donated to Trump, Devin Nunes, Tommy Tuberville, Kevin McCarthy, Ben Carson, and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He also donated to Republican Kimberley Klacik and Democratic representative Tulsi Gabbard. His donations were exposed on OpenSecrets.org.
While many of his liberal fans had a meltdown and expressed disappointment in his political leanings, plenty of Cawthon’s fans heatedly defended him despite their own political beliefs. Leftists attempted to make him the latest victim of cancel culture.
He did not address the controversy for several days but eventually wrote a letter posted on Reddit entitled: “My response, and maybe last post,” addressing the issue.
“To say that the last few days have been surreal would be an understatement. 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,” he wrote.
“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. My wife is six weeks pregnant and she spent last night in fear because of what was being said online. She has already been struggling with her pregnancy so seeing her so afraid really scared me,” Cawthon continued. “All this because I exercised my right, and my duty, as an American citizen, to vote for and support the candidates who I felt could best run the country, for everyone, and that’s something that I won’t apologize for.”
Cawthon defended his varied choices even, though he shouldn’t have to, expertly noting the reasons behind his views.
“For those who took the time to look, you saw that the candidates I supported included men, women, white people, black people, republicans, and democrats. I supported Kimberly Klacik in Baltimore because I believed that she really cared for the African American community there and wanted to pull them out of poverty. I believed she could have really make a difference in a time when so many black communities were struggling. She lost, unfortunately,” he wrote, referring to the Republican nominee for Maryland’s 7th congressional district in 2020.
“I supported Tulsi Gabbard, a democrat, even though I disagreed with her on several issues, because I felt she would have been a good and fair president. And yes, I supported President Trump, because I felt he was the best man to fuel a strong economy and stand up to America’s enemies abroad, of which there are many,” Cawthon went on.
“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,” he wrote. “All of this explanation, I fear, is wasted, as people don’t want to discuss with one another anymore; they want endless apologies and submission. People who are expecting those from me will get neither.”
He went on to express how he has supported creators and different individuals from every walk of life. And he made it clear he has never cared about race, religion, gender, or orientation.
“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 passionately added. “If I get cancelled, then I get cancelled. I don’t do this for the money anymore; I do it because I enjoy it. If people think I’m doing more harm than good now, then maybe it’s better that I get cancelled and retire. I would accept that. I’ve had a fulfilling career. Besides, most things that people can take from you are things that never had much value to begin with.”
The hashtags #istandbyscott and #istandwithscott trended on Twitter following the issuance of the letter as fans came out to defend Cawthon from his attackers.
Cawthon is prepping to release “Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach” sometime in the second half of 2021. It’s the 10th installment in the series.
Support was overwhelming for the gamer/animator on Twitter;
Thank you Scott Cawthon for making everything possible after all of these years. And Scott if you are reading this, I do believe that you are an amazing person, and you inspired me and even some of my friends, to make most of these FNAF VHS content, and more.#istandbyscott pic.twitter.com/MmoNrl4Dwp
— MarionettePuppetMaster (Michael) (@PuppetMaster_50) June 12, 2021
I still support Scott, and his game FNaF. I don't support some of the people he donated to, but how much he's done, and his response to all this breaks my heart.. I didn't want to get in this drama, but I felt like making a statement about how I feel. #istandbyscott pic.twitter.com/t1qiquX5UC
— springled. (@nois33s) June 13, 2021
— Balt (@passthesalt2512) June 12, 2021
— rowankost (@rowankost) June 12, 2021
Politics aren't as black and white as people think. I disagree with Scott's political stand on a lot of things but getting doxxed, death threats… ridiculous, absolutely pathetic
— SmackNPie #SavePalestine (@SmackNPie) June 13, 2021
scott basically raised me during my childhood, his games were one of the reasons I started drawing. the fact people are threatening to dox him and kill him now is just sad. this tweet may not get noticed but it’s worth joining in on this. #istandbyscott #istandwithscott pic.twitter.com/hmRpG5I8FM
— doggu 🏳️🌈 (@ultimatedoggu) June 12, 2021
I feel so bad for Scott Cawthon right now. He’s getting harassed and doxxed all over his political beliefs, and even after he makes a well-written and reasonable response to all of this, he STILL gets dogpiled by these assholes.#istandwithscott https://t.co/G5phslj6Mn
— DankDeku (@dank__deku) June 12, 2021
#istandwithscott he just has different opinions, everyone have different opinions, it's not reason to harass anyone
— Roon (@RoonIdk2) June 12, 2021
Like donating to Republicans is a crime.
Scott Cawthon did nothing wrong. pic.twitter.com/qOncRAFljn
— David Burton, Gamemaker and Fantasy Author (@HalfTangible) June 11, 2021
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