A long time ago, Orson Scott Card wrote the novel Ender’s Game, and a lot of people really loved it. More recently, a movie adaptation of that book was mounted, and lots of people really loved that idea. Then it came out that Card was against same-sex marriage and opposed to lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights in general — and lot of people definitely did not love that.
Some people did not love it so much that they have called for a boycott of the Ender’s Game movie, noting that Card’s intolerant actions have included joining the board of the National Organization for Marriage, fighting and opposing gay adoption and a safe-schools initiative.
A group called Geeks OUT has launched “Skip Ender’s Game,” a movement asking fans to do exactly that, with the idea of denying Card any further royalties from the property. A series of SEG events are scheduled in New York, Orlando, Seattle and other cities, timed to the movie’s Nov. 1 release.
A statement from Geeks OUT declares:
“By pledging to Skip Ender’s Game, we can send a clear and serious message to Card and those that do business with his brand of anti-gay activism — whatever he’s selling, we’re not buying. The queer geek community will not subsidize his fear-mongering and religious bullying. We will not pay him to demean, insult, and oppress us. Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys.”
Perhaps sensing a potential loss of bank, Card responded to the boycott movement by giving a statement to Entertainment Weekly that tried to cast Card himself as the victim:
“Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.
With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.
Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.
Orson Scott Card”
Yes, that’s right, a man who has consistently sought to deny human rights to other people, is asking that he be treated just like anyone else. LOL.
First of all, can it be true that Card honestly believes there was no struggle for gay rights in 1984? And that the struggle is now over? Can he be that blind, or is he merely choosing to pretend that you are that dumb and that this is a new issue? Also, note that Card is not disavowing his hateful position on marriage equality — he’s merely acknowledging that he’s on the losing side of history. The only thing that is “moot” is Card’s caveman view of society.
The most important thing to understand here is that people who advocate open-mindedness and tolerance are under NO OBLIGATION to tolerate hate. It’s true. Decent people who believe in tolerating differences are not required to turn a blind eye toward discrimination in any form, let alone something as active and virulent as Card’s activities. Having tolerance does not mean standing by and letting someone else deny basic human rights to our fellow human beings. That’s not “tolerance,” that’s appeasement. Card is not entitled to the tolerance he actively seeks to deny others.
And it is not only gays that Card claims to hate — in 2009 Card wrote an opinion piece in the Mormon Times which claimed: “Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.” So Card is also a self-described America hater, and determined to “destroy” the U.S. government. Does the NSA know about this guy?
Let’s not tolerate Orson Scott Card’s shameful, hate-filled agenda. I feel bad for almost everyone associated with the film — Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and director Gavin Hood but not co-screenwriter Card — but I believe people should think very seriously about skipping Ender’s Game.
One of the film’s production companies, Lionsgate — which isn’t allowing Card to come within a country mile of the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con — has issued a statement trying to distance its big-budget film from the author of the book upon which it is based:
“As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from Gods and Monsters to The Perks of Being a Wallflower and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of Ender’s Game. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for Ender’s Game.”