Naughty Dog’s director for PlayStation 4’s The Last Of Us Part 2 has been accused by gamers of pushing an agenda for retweeting some fan art.
Neil Druckmann, director of Naughty Dog’s upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive The Last Of Us Part 2, has been accused by gamers of pushing an “angenda” and politicising the Uncharted series. What caused this uproar? Well, the director had the audacity to retweet fan art of Chloe and Nadine sharing an intimate embrace.
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) February 14, 2019
Druckmann’s retweet drew over 200 comments, with most of them being negative and against the idea of Chloe and Nadine being lovers.
I don’t get this. Nothing in Uncharted series shows Chloe and Nadine with this kind of relationship. Why they must be sexualized?
Since TLOU is one of my favorites, I’m really concerned about Part II (I bought the Mondo’s posters and vynil single). Where is your focus, dude?
— Rodrigo Molinsky (@rodrigomolinsky) February 14, 2019
This is why I hate modern gaming take to straight characters and try to push an agenda
— Connoisseur of Salt (@HaloGearsForza) February 14, 2019
They’re not a couple. Emasculating Nadine and sexualizing them both makes no sense. What’s next? Is Nathan drake going to give sully a hand shandy? Is Joel going to track back to bills town and give him one? No need to politicize these characters or TLOU2.
— King Brenny (@KingBrennymma) February 14, 2019
Such a shame what happened to naughty dog. Care more about pushing agendas more than making a damn good game.
— Chrollo (@SadBrownsfan3) February 14, 2019
The Last Of Us Part 2 director later responded to the negative tweets by making disgruntled gamers aware that fan art holds about as much canonical merit as fan fiction.
Guys, this is a beautifully illustrated piece of fan art. Stating the obvious: fan art isn’t canon and promoting it isn’t some sort of “agenda”.
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) February 15, 2019
In all seriousness, the fan art is an incredible piece that shows how talented a lot of gamers are. Fan art such as this should be encouraged rather than dissuaded as it’s merely a harmless way of someone showing their fondness for two characters from a particular franchise. It’s in no way canonical, and I can personally vouch for wanting to see fan art of Nathan Drake giving Sully a “hand shandy”.