Orson Scott Card Defends Against Ender's Game Boycott
Orson Scott Card is no stranger to controversy, specifically surrounding his public condemnation of homosexuality. The upcoming film adaptation of Ender's Game, his most famous work, has been keeping him in the spotlight, which has been causing some serious PR problems for film's producers. In fact, it's all led to a boycott campaign against the film, where LGBT activists ask audiences to "keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets."
In response to the boycott, Card released a statement to Entertainment Weekly:
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.
Now, let's be clear here. Card is not a passive opponent of gay rights; he's said that any government that supports gay marriage is his mortal enemy, joined the board of the National Organization for Marriage in 2009, and has penned multiple articles condemning any movement toward gay rights. As a gay rights opponent, he's the real deal.
All that being said, and speaking personally as someone who fervently supports gay rights, I'm not so sure boycotting a movie based on his work is a necessary move (though this is a question we've debated before on LitReactor). The movie executives seem to have distanced themselves from him as much as they can without being obvious about it, and after having read Ender's Game a couple of times, I don't remember there being any anti-homosexual tint to it in the least. It seems unlikely that the gay rights movement is going to be set back in any way simply because Card makes some royalty money on a movie adaptation of his novel.
But that's only my opinion. Do you think I'm wrong?
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