As the November 1st release date for the sci-fi film Ender’s Game approaches, the seething dislike for its creator is starting to boil over, with calls for boycotts and a fair amount of negative press.
Orson Scott Card, author of the novel on which the new film is based, has long been an opponent of gay rights, or to put it more plainly, he’s a raging bigot. He was even a prominent member of the National Organization for Marriage, who released some laughably idiotic anti-gay marriage ads a few years back.
Anyway, Lionsgate, the film’s producer, is doing everything it can to pretend that Card doesn’t exist.
In addition to conspicuously leaving him out of all marketing related to the film (including a non-invite to San Diego Comicon); today, they released this statement:
“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.”
This is an old debate: Should an artist’s personal faults be held against their works? What if they are only one component in a work that was done by hundreds of people (most of whom, I presume, are not horrible bigots)? Should this movie be thrown in the trash because of the impotent opinions of the man who wrote the book it’s adapted from? You’ll have to decide that for yourself.
Card issued his own statement hoping to separate himself from the film (I guess he’s getting a percentage of the box office):
“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”
Don’t you just LOVE IT when bigots whine about people being ‘intolerant’ towards their bigotry?