UPDATE: Gay Geeks Call For 'Ender's Game' Boycott Based On Author's Anti-Gay Views
Updated Tuesday, 1:50 p.m. est
Anti-gay activist and Ender's Game creator Orson Scott Card has responded to the boycott of the upcoming film adaptation launched by Geeks Out.
In a statement released to EW, Card writes:
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
First off, this is a NOM board member saying that the anti-gay fight against civil marriage rights for a minority American group has been LOST and is over. Wonder how Brian Brown and the handful of high-dollar donors who still blindly fork over funds to NOM feel about that statement?
Secondly, Card is saying that HE'S the victim here, not the millions of Americans he actively works to keep as second class citizens. Gotcha.
Just as we've resisted Chick-fil-A's siren song (and their spicy chicken, egg, and cheese biscuits) based on CEO Dan Cathy's vocal anti-gay stance, a new call to action asks gays (and their allies) to ban together in a boycott against the upcoming film, Ender's Game, based on the novel by anti-gay activist Orson Scott Card.
The 1985 novel is a bestseller and the adaptation starring Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin has been hugely anticipated, but then there's that whole problem with Card being a board member of the National Organization for Marriage...
He's also gone on the record with comments like this:
“Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.”
Yeah, not exactly gay friendly.
Queer "geek" organization, Geeks Out is calling for people to "Skip Ender's Game" saying:
"Even as the film’s marketing campaign scrambles to distance the film from the author’s controversial reputation, Summit is angling Ender’s Game to be the next big sci-fi blockbuster, potentially making an all-new fortune for NOM-board member Card.
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.
By pledging to Skip Ender’s Game, we can send a clear and serious message to Card and those that do business with his brand of anti-gay activism — whatever he’s selling, we’re not buying. The queer geek community will not subsidize his fear-mongering and religious bullying. We will not pay him to demean, insult, and oppress us."
The filmmakers maintain that Orson Scott Card's views are his own and aren't endorsed by Summit and the team behind the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, one person involved with the film said, “Orson's politics are not reflective of the moviemakers. We’re adapting a work, not a person. The work will stand on its own.”
What do you think, Instincters? Can you make the separation? Will you be skipping Ender's Game? If you are, feel free to sign Geek Out's pledge to skip the film, here.