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Scott Cawthon creator of the popular survival horror video game series Five Nights at Freddy’s stated that he has been insulted and threatened in recent weeks for his financial support of Republican Party figures such as President Trump, former HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Rep. Devin Nunes, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“To say the last few days have been surreal would be an understatement,” he wrote in a message he posted on Reddit.
“I’d like to think the last seven years would have given me the benefit of the doubt regarding how I try to treat people, but there I was, trending on Twitter for being homophobic, 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’s already been suffering with her pregnancy, so seeing her so afraid really scared me,” Cawthon recounted.
“All of this because I exercised my right, and my duty, as an American citizen, to vote and support the candidates who I felt could best lead the country, for everyone, and that’s something I’m not going to apologize for,” Cawthon clarified.
Scott Cawthon decided to write this statement after a report detailing he had contributed financially to a slew of Republican candidates, was shared on Twitter last June 10th.
According to this report, the creator of Five Nights at Freddy’s donated more than $30,000 to Republican politicians in 2020.
He also donated $2,500 to Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, but this did not avoid the wrath of the left on Twitter, particularly its LGBTQ faction, which took advantage of the celebration of gay pride month to attack Scott Cawthon for his donations, which were publicly available for months.
Faced with an upsurge in the cancellation campaign promoted in recent days by LGBTQ activists in the left, Cawthon pondered how best to respond. “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 fan base that I love, that’s not an option,” he said.
Cawthon added in his write-up that the candidates he endorsed include “men, women, white people, black people, Republicans and Democrats,” and made specific mention of Kimberly Klacik and Tulsi Gabbard.
Of Klacik, a Republican politician, he said he believes she “really cared for the African-American community and wanted to pull them out of poverty,” while of Democrat Tulsi Gabbard he said he felt she “would have been a good and fair president,” although he adds he disagrees with some of her specific policies.
Scott Cawthon and his support for Trump.
Probably the contribution that triggered the most leftist anger with Cawthon was the one he made to then-President Donald Trump.
“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,” said the Five Nights at Freddy’s creator.
“Even if there were candidates who had better things to say to the LGBT community directly, and bigger promises to make, I believed his stances on other issues would have ended up doing far more harm than good to those communities,” he asserted.
Cawthon wanted to make his positions clear and, unlike others who have tried to cancel, has not apologized for having different views than those the left is trying to impose.
“I’m a Republican. I am 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 a promise to change, it’s the way it’s always been.”
“If I get canceled, then I get canceled. 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 canceled and retire. I would accept that. I’ve had a fulfilling career. Besides, most of the things people can take away from you are things that never had much value to begin with,” concluded Scott Cawthon.
Meanwhile, the new installment of the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise will be released at the end of 2021, with the title “Security Breach”, and a movie based on the video games is scheduled for release in 2022.
We will have to see how the public reacts to the cancellation campaign against its author, and whether it will receive support in the form of sales or on the contrary reward the leftist harassment with a more than likely boycott attempt when it is released.