Nick Offerman: “It’s Not A Gay Story, It’s A Love Story”

On Sunday night, Nick Offerman won the Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best Supporting Performance’ for his guest role in the acclaimed HBO series The Last of Us. In his acceptance speech, he took a moment to clap back at the anti-gay remarks his episode received.

In the episode “Long, Long Time,” Offerman and Murray Bartlett portray a gay couple living a quiet life together following the zombie apocalypse.

Offermann praised HBO for telling his character’s story and clapped back at anti-gay backlash the episode garnered.

Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett in The Last of Us (HBO)
Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett in The Last of Us (HBO)

“I’m astonished to be in this category, which is bananas,” Offerman began his acceptance speech. “Congrats to all of you… This is crazy.”

“Thanks to HBO for having the guts to participate in this storytelling tradition that is truly independent. When homophobic hate comes my way and says, ‘Why’d 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 asshole.'”

In addition to praising the show’s writers and director, Neil Druckmann, Craig Mazin, and Peter Hoar (respectively), Offerman also gave props to Bartlett, who was also nominated.

“Murray Bartlett planted the strawberries — that is not a euphemism,” he told the audience.