Video game creator Scott Cawthon has come under fire in recent days after donations that he made to President Trump, and other Republican candidates came to light.
According to Faithwire, fans of his wildly popular game, “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” learned of the donations after they were discovered through searches on Open Secrets.
An article on Game Rant said that the fan base for the game is “being torn apart” by news of the donations. In addition to President Trump, Cawthon also donated to the reelection campaign of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. A contribution to Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard also angered many of Cawthon’s fans who believe that she “targets gay and transgender people.”
Some fans doxed Cawthon and published his home address on social network platforms. He published a response to the backlash on Reddit and revealed that his pregnant wife has had trouble sleeping after people said they would come over to the couples’ home.
Though many of his fans are “concerned and hurt to find out where the money Cawthon makes from the popular horror series is going,” he said that he “won’t apologize” for making donations to the candidates he believes will “best run the country.”
He also summarized his feelings about life in general and said that he has no plans to change who he is or what he stands for. He said, “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 then joined the growing chorus of celebrities pushing back against cancel culture, saying, “If I get canceled, then I get canceled. I don’t do this for the money anymore. I do it because I enjoy it.”
He also admitted that people may not like his work anymore, but he is ready to accept that and knows that their rejection cannot affect anything he loves about life. He said, “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 things that people can take from you are things that never had much value to begin with.”
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Scott Slayton writes at “One Degree to Another.”