1. Orson Scott Card’s award winning science fiction novel Ender’s Game is expected to be a box office smash this November:
2. But Card’s outspoken and well-documented history of anti-gay views is stirring up controversy months before the film’s release date.
3. Orson wrote in a 2004 personal manifesto:
But homosexual “marriage” is an act of intolerance. It is an attempt to eliminate any special preference for marriage in society — to erase the protected status of marriage in the constant balancing act between civilization and individual reproduction.
So if my friends insist on calling what they do “marriage,” they are not turning their relationship into what my wife and I have created, because no court has the power to change what their relationship actually is.
4. Geeks OUT has launched an online protest entitled “Skip Ender’s Game”, which encourages everyone to boycott the film.
5. On the newly launched site Skip Enders Game, the group urges:
Skip Ender’s Game is a call to action. Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.
6. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film’s team is already distancing themselves from the author.
“Orson’s politics are not reflective of the moviemakers[…] We’re adapting a work, not a person. The work will stand on its own.”
7. Back in March, illustrator Chris Sprouse dropped out of an “Adventures of Superman” comic book issue partially written by Card after public criticism of his anti-gay views.
8. Not everyone agrees with the boycott, as conservative author Adam Graham wrote:
The story in Ender’s Game has nothing to do with homosexuality or gay rights. What this is about is a witch hunt to punish Mr. Card for his personal political and religious views. It’s an effort to ruin his career. And those who support traditional values should support Mr. Card and oppose this bullying campaign against.
9. What do you think, can a work stand alone without it’s creator?
10. Watch the trailer:
11. UPDATE - July 9, 2013, 11:30 AM: Orson Scott Card responded to the boycott via 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.
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