DC Comics Face Boycott by Stores and Fans Over Anti-Gay Author
Comic book fans and a number of shops have made the decision to boycott DC Comics, particularly certain issues of The Adventures of Superman, after the company hired outspoken anti-gay writer Orson Scott Card to write part of the storyline. They’ve even collected over 11,000 signatures on a petition asking for him “to be given the boot”.
Whatever… comic book store in San Francisco and Zeus Comics in Dallas have already announced they won’t be carrying the editions of the comic with Card’s storyline. Zeus' owner Richard Neal wrote on Facebook
Card sits on the board of the National Organization of Marriage which fights against marriage equality. His essays advocate the destruction of my relationship, that I am born of rape or abuse and that I am equated with pedophilia. These themes appear in his fiction as well. It is shocking DC Comics would hire him to write Superman, a character whose ideals represent all of us. If you replaced the word "homosexuals" in his essays with the words "women" or "Jews" he would not be hired. But I'm not sure why it's still okay to "have an opinion" about gays? This is about equality.
Card, author of books like Ender’s Game and a Mormon, has used his own books to espouse his ideas on same-sex marriage and written numerous articles about the subject. It is a little surprising he was chosen as there’s been a move in a lot of comics and related genres recently to out gay characters and support LGBT issues. DC released this statement on the Advocate:
As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.
Yeah, I understand having those freedoms means some people will say things I don’t necessarily agree with and I support this freedom. I just doubt this argument is going away any time soon. I’m curious: should Card be left alone to write his comic or should he be hounded back to whence he came?
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