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Lionsgate Responds To The 'Ender's Game' Controversy

We've heard from everyone (Ender's Game creator Orson Scott Card, NOM, Maggie Gallagher) in response to Geeks Out's boycott of the upcoming film, except for Lionsgate, the studio behind the movie. Until now. 

Lionsgate has released a statement denouncing Card as well as the National Organization for Marriage, but pleads with the LGBT community to not take their beef with the bigots out on the movie and promises to host a benefit premiere. 

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.

What do you think of Lionsgate's statement? 

 

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No deal. BOYCOTT!!!!

Regardless how much this particular story does or does not reflect Card's beliefs, supporting the film supports the author.  Shame on Lion's Gate for not properly vetting the project and knowing his views and realizing the impact of the author's views and actions.  Or they were foolish enough to hope they'd get away without anyone noticing.  Or worse yet, it is deliberate support of Card.  

I have heard thoughts rolling about to consider staging premiers and other event about the film as LGBT-related fund raisers.  The hope it eases the sting of the situation.  No it cannot.  Regardless of the situation, nothing can whitewash the issue.  

Orson Scott Card is a homophobe and staunchly voices his views publicly and lends his support, through word and dollars.  Even if this specific project does not clearly espouse that facet of his beliefs, it gives him a larger platform from which to spout intolerance and hate, and adds to the funds to lend support to others of his ilk.  Lion's Gate does a disservice to the gender minority it claims to embrace and support.

I would like to see how much he was paid for rights and the benefit to include AT LEAST that much. 

Agreed.  If they want to make nice, they should nullify the impact of his payday and donate an equal amount to a pro-LGBT rights group or groups.

Totally 2nded!

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