I don’t care if you agree or disagree with the man’s politics. Standing up to Cancel Culture should be commended.
An animator who created the critically acclaimed horror survival video game Five Nights at Freddy’s in 2014 has refused to apologize for his donations to conservative politicians, including former President Donald Trump.
Scott Cawthon, 43, from Houston, Texas, trended on Twitter after people searched for the animator on public political contributions website Open Secrets and discovered that he had donated to Trump and Senate Minority Leader and veteran Republican Mitch McConnell.
The records also revealed that Cawthon donated to Democratic representative Tulsi Gabbard, who drew criticism in December 2020 for pushing a bill that would ban transgender girls from competing in women’s sports.
Cawthon’s name and Five Nights at Freddy’s trended on Twitter following the revelation, with some fans of the animator expressing their disappointment with his political leanings.
Although he stayed publicly silent on the controversy for a number of days, Cawthon posted to the Five Nights at Freddy’s Reddit on Saturday in a statement titled, “My response, and maybe last post,” where he confirmed that he has donated to Trump and claimed that people had threatened to come to his house after his address was posted online.
“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,” Cawthon began the statement.
“The candidates I supported included men, women, white people, black people, republicans, and democrats,” he wrote. “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.