THE LAST OF US' Nick Offerman Condemns "Homophobic Hate" His Role Received; "It's A Love Story, You A**hole"

THE LAST OF US' Nick Offerman Condemns "Homophobic Hate" His Role Received; "It's A Love Story, You A**hole" THE LAST OF US' Nick Offerman Condemns "Homophobic Hate" His Role Received; "It's A Love Story, You A**hole"

Nick Offerman's stellar performance in HBO's The Last of Us has earned the actor yet another award, and during a recent acceptance speech, the actor took aim at the "homophobic hate" from some viewers.

By JoshWilding - Feb 27, 2024 04:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Last of Us
Source: GameFragger.com

HBO's The Last of Us was a mostly faithful adaptation of Naughty Dog's hit video game. However, it made one big change by expanding Bill's backstory; rather than making him a crotchety old man who helps Joel and Ellie, we got to see how he survived the apocalypse and fell in love with a man named Frank. 

Letters players can unearth while playing The Last of Us game confirmed Bill was gay, but the TV show properly explored his relationship with Frank to deliver one of the most heartbreaking hours of television in recent memory. 

Nick Offerman played Bill, with Murray Bartlett taking on the role of Frank; the former has already won a Primetime Emmy Award for his guest role and added a Spirit Award to his list of accolades over the weekend. 

While accepting his prize, Offerman slammed the viewers who have been critical of The Last of Us featuring a romance between two men. 

"I'm astonished to be in this category, which is bananas," he started (via GameFragger.com). "Thanks to HBO for having the guts to participate in this storytelling tradition, that is truly independent stories with guts, that when homophobic hate comes my way, and says, 'Why did you have to make it a gay story?' We say, 'Because you ask questions like that. It's not a gay story, it's a love story, you assh*le.'"

"So, more of that. Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin wrote this thing. Peter Hoar directed it. Murray Bartlett planted the strawberries, and that is not a euphemism," Offerman continued. "Thank you to my mom and dad, and my agents at UTA, but most importantly, my bride, my puzzle coach, and legal property, Megan Mullally."

There will inevitably be those who take issue with Offerman's scathing remarks but the backlash to the episode when it aired was undeniably puzzling. It did little to affect the show, though, as it was a ratings hit and has since earned plenty of awards attention. 

Work is underway on The Last of Us season 2 and is expected to premiere on HBO next year. In recent weeks, the show has cast Kaitlyn Dever as Abby, Isabela Merced as Dina, and Young Mazino as Jesse. Pedro Pascal will reprise his role as Joel, with Bella Ramsey joining him as Ellie. 

You can watch Offerman's comments in their entirety in the X post below.

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McMurdo
McMurdo - 2/27/2024, 4:32 AM
"Thanks to HBO for having the guts to participate in this storytelling tradition"

I thought it was one of the better episodes in a show that was pretty mixed, mostly because the Ellie actor can't act. but can we stop pretending it's risky to to tell a gay love story in the year 2024.... Thanks.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 2/27/2024, 4:40 AM
@McMurdo - They’ll stop “pretending” it’s risky when the homophobes and closeted homosexuals stop acting like little bitches about it.
JustAWaffle
JustAWaffle - 2/27/2024, 4:40 AM
@McMurdo - Not to take a side on this forum, but I agree. I think it’s far more risky to not agree with it these days.
Blergh
Blergh - 2/27/2024, 4:52 AM
@McMurdo - But people did complain, people are complaining in this very comment section.
McMurdo
McMurdo - 2/27/2024, 4:56 AM
@Blergh - I'm seeing zero complaints. I see you complaining about some imaginary person complaining. But the night is young.
Vigor
Vigor - 2/27/2024, 5:16 AM
@McMurdo - did you miss the story of mystique getting married from a few days ago? Just take a stroll through the comments section

McMurdo
McMurdo - 2/27/2024, 5:23 AM
@Vigor - I thought we were referring to this particular thread. For this particular article. I'm not really into the gay rage thing on the side of the complainers or the side of the complainers complaining about the complainers. I just don't care.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 2/27/2024, 5:27 AM
@Vigor - When that one idiot said “they're not even being discriminatory, they're just voicing their displeasement” at gay marriage, as if that isn’t textbook discrimination. 😂
Scarilian
Scarilian - 2/27/2024, 6:20 AM
@McMurdo -
"can we stop pretending it's risky to to tell a gay love story in the year 2024...."

Agreed, especially in comics, it's a fad going around to write the characters as homosexual.
mountainman
mountainman - 2/27/2024, 7:08 AM
@FireandBlood - People complain about everything. The fact that some people think there are certain topics or categories that are not allowed to be complained about is the problem.

Why do you let those people impact you? Who cares? F them. I couldn’t care less if someone likes what I like or complains about it in a stupid way.

As Morgan Freeman famously said about how to get rid of racism in an interview 20 years ago, we need to stop talking about it. The more we highlight bigots, the bigger of a deal they are. But if we ignore and dismiss the a holes, their power is reduced.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 2/27/2024, 7:17 AM
@mountainman - I’m sure you’d love that, but Morgan Freeman is an Uncle Tom, part of the problem, and we’re not going to stop talking about racism. If it makes you feel uncomfortable, good.

Here’s what we’re also not going to do, give you freedom without responsibility. I get it. You guys are fighting for you rights to be babies, but you’re not. If you want to spread your narrow minded worldview and try impose your limited or backwards ideals, you’re going to get push back. Because this isn’t 1939, and the world woke up.
Colton
Colton - 2/27/2024, 7:18 AM
@McMurdo - "Ellie actor can't act" 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
mountainman
mountainman - 2/27/2024, 7:23 AM
@FireandBlood - The fact that you lump me in with these people shows how extremist and partisan you are. Views on every topic are a spectrum. You see it as your views or bigot as the only option.

It’s fine. I didn’t expect a rational response from you. I have no problem sharing that I liked the episode but found the love making scene uncomfortable and unenjoyable to watch. I don’t like watching men have sex. Any straight man shouldn’t.

Anyone who harassed the actors directly is an a hole. People complaining online about something they don’t like are no different than people complaining about a million different topics online. People complain online my dude. It’s just that people who think like you can lump complaints about a small number of topics, and place those as more concerning than complaints about other topics:

That’s your choice. If you want to mad about the opinions of people you never met, that’s on you.

It’s so funny you reference 1939, and yet hatred and division are all around you. Persecution are around you. Othering of people is around you. And guess what, it’s not just minorities that those things are happening to. The world is very divided right now and some of us just don’t care enough to get mad because some people had an opinion about a fictional show that upset us. There are far bigger issues out there to focus on.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 2/27/2024, 7:33 AM
@mountainman - I lump you in with that lot because you always find yourself defending their corner, or at the least, playing devils advocate in their favour, and it’s apparent to me you’re being dishonest about the reason why.

Nobody’s said you have to like watching two men have sex. I don’t like sex scenes in general, but here’s the rub; you’re only making a thing about it now it’s two men, bringing me right back to the point I was making. You’re not a child or a baby. You can’t just say something and expect people not to question the intent behind why you're saying what you’re saying, especially when there’s obvious intent. This blatant dog whistling has got to stop, because it’s not working.

You’re on this site complaining about diversity driven projects in Hollywood, specifically those about superheroes. Don’t try pull “there’s bigger issues in the world” card now. You abandoned that post awhile back.
mountainman
mountainman - 2/27/2024, 7:49 AM
@FireandBlood - People complain online. I’ve never complained about diversity, only when it’s done poorly. But I know how this conversation will not get resolved and have no desire to go back and forth with you endlessly.

I couldn’t care less of what you think of me. I know what’s in my heart, and it isn’t hate.

I really enjoyed House of a Dragon, a show with a female lead that intelligently addresses issues with patriarchy. I enjoyed Black Panther, a movie with a predominantly black cast. I enjoyed this episode.

It just gets old when any comment that isn’t praise is labeled this way. You can call that devils advocate all you want, but it’s objective complaints about specific things. Any production that depicts a sex scene between men is going to turn people off. It’s just the way it is. You know, I also don’t want to see a sex scene between 500 lb people. That doesn’t make me fatohobic. There are just certain things people don’t enjoy watching. I don’t like the Saw movies, because excessive gore and torture aren’t my thing either.
WEAPONXOXOXO
WEAPONXOXOXO - 2/27/2024, 8:06 AM
@Blergh - how many complained? like really? i find sometimes 4-5 people here get too much attention. we have a tendency of focusing more on the negative things in life rather than the positive.
Vigor
Vigor - 2/27/2024, 8:08 AM
@FireandBlood - the guy that said that (I remember the comment but don't remember his name) is a bona-fide idiot
AvalonX
AvalonX - 2/27/2024, 8:31 AM
@McMurdo - The gays will never be happy. It used to be just let us live their lives. Even the straight people complain on behalf of the gays.
Matchesz
Matchesz - 2/27/2024, 8:42 AM
@FireandBlood - when gay relationships become normalized and everyones fine with watching tom holland getting piped onscreen they'll just find something else to virtue signal about. it's just a group of people wanting to feel like their better than another group, this group just so happen to run hollywood right now.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 2/27/2024, 9:13 AM
@Matchesz - It’s only pandering if they’re aren’t pandering to you, amirite? Lets make Hollywood great again ✊🏻
Blergh
Blergh - 2/27/2024, 9:26 AM
@McMurdo - you were right, the night was still young. Feast your eyes on the crows.
DenvertheDino
DenvertheDino - 2/27/2024, 7:28 PM
@mountainman - Exactly. As a straight man, I'm not homophobic because I don't want to see 2 men having sex. I find it disgusting.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 2/27/2024, 4:35 AM
It will never not be weird to be how straight men get upset over what non-straight men are doing, but what’s funny is how they always fail to realise how sus it makes them look at the same time, like the gayness is stirring up some residual feelings they’re trying keep hidden away.
McMurdo
McMurdo - 2/27/2024, 4:40 AM
@FireandBlood - let's make out.
Blergh
Blergh - 2/27/2024, 4:53 AM
@McMurdo - gay men have standards tho
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 2/27/2024, 5:05 AM
@McMurdo - I’m good bro, but I hope you find your person 🙏🏽
McMurdo
McMurdo - 2/27/2024, 5:22 AM
@FireandBlood - you're so sweet!
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 2/27/2024, 5:26 AM
@McMurdo -

TheVandalore
TheVandalore - 2/27/2024, 6:21 AM
@FireandBlood - lol your gay mind tricks ain't fooling anyone. The only shit getting stirred around here is drama by you, and I'm sure you are an expert at shit stirring, being gay. So brave, honey.
Scarilian
Scarilian - 2/27/2024, 6:29 AM
@FireandBlood -
It's more that people can tell its just the latest fad that companies are trying to exploit. As such the attempts to portray these characters come across as hollow.

Couple this with a massive majority of the story-lines not actually committing to developing the characters and many other stories just using queer bait (BBC Sherlock, TF&TWS, Stranger Things, Supergirl) as methods of attracting attention despite having no intent to actually depict the characters as homosexual.

It's also typical corporations 101 at the moment to focus on the negativity and in doing so to virtue signal by calling the audience toxic. Even if the episode was critically praised to the high heavens, which this episode was, they'll still find a way to make it about virtue signalling.

Adding onto that the directors remarks that they intentionally wanted to misdirect the audience in order to 'trick' them into watching it and you've got enough justification for why people feel it's manipulative.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/last-of-us-episode-3-nick-offerman-b2272921.html
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 2/27/2024, 7:00 AM
@TheVandalore - Except I’m not gay 😬

What a real beta moment for you. You see, if weren’t so insecure about your own masculinity, these type of things wouldn’t phase you.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 2/27/2024, 7:03 AM
@Scarilian - Comic book movies in general are a fad studios exploit. You just didn’t mind them when they were pandering to one, exclusive group, because you liked it. Now there’s gay stuff going on, more female led projects and a push for diversity, you want to stick it to the man. This is where you lot become unintentionally transparent with your intent.
Vigor
Vigor - 2/27/2024, 8:32 AM
@FireandBlood - "You just didn’t mind them when they were pandering to one, exclusive group, because you liked it. Now there’s gay stuff going on, more female led projects and a push for diversity, you want to stick it to the man. This is where you lot become unintentionally transparent with your intent."

No lies detected
Scarilian
Scarilian - 2/28/2024, 11:45 AM
@FireandBlood -
@Vigor -
The most popular comics, stories and heroes are because they encapsulate universal concepts. They are specifically not 'pandering to one, exclusive group'.

If the focus is on 'pandering to one, exclusive group' then your audience size is decreased and your risk alienating some of the audience permanently because you've chosen pandering above story.

If your 'exclusive group' falls into specific categories, then you've also destroyed online discussion because as you've demonstrated, you'd rather call people sexist, racist, homophobic, etc... than actually discuss concepts such as the story telling or characters.

You become the toxic group that is turning people away from the material in the first place. Loud online, but never actually support the material and instead focus on spreading your hate.

You delude yourself into thinking calling everyone else hateful terms will help, but instead it damages the cause. All it does is ensure that the fanbase will decrease. All you are doing is actively harming quality representation and diversity.
sully
sully - 2/29/2024, 2:48 AM
@FireandBlood - "they always fail to realise how sus it makes them look at the same time, like the gayness is stirring up some residual feelings they’re trying keep hidden away."

I literally don't care who rubs on who, but it's pretty ironic to use gaslighting as a rebuttal to homophobic comments. It seems to be a common lowbrow rebuke.
WhateverItTakes
WhateverItTakes - 2/27/2024, 4:39 AM
elgaz
elgaz - 2/27/2024, 5:02 AM
It was a really great episode. I'm no huge advocate for gay rights but I thought if any episode of a TV show would ever influence your opinion on 2 people having the right to just love each other, regardless of gender, this would be it.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 2/27/2024, 9:44 AM
@elgaz - Why are not an advocate for gay rights?
elgaz
elgaz - 2/27/2024, 10:54 AM
@ClintThaHamster - I'm not opposed to them, I just mean I don't actively promote them or get involved in any of that. LGBT marches etc. Never really been on my radar. But I found this episode very affecting and made me see things more from the angle of those that have to struggle with opposition to their sexuality.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 2/27/2024, 12:03 PM
@elgaz - Got it. Not opposed, just not a cause you've found yourself particularly passionate about.
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