Ender’s Game Author Ask Moviegoers To Ignore His Intolerance For The Sake Of The Film
I’ve always found it interesting when politics cross into other realms. It’s weird seeing how quick a change of heart can arise when they become apart of the conversation. It’s not hard to get on someone’s bad side over a simple disagreement. Unfortunately for Orson Scott Card, he’s gotten on a lot of people’s bad side.
If you didn’t know, Card is the writer of the popular series, Ender’s Game. Ender’s Game has also been transformed into a feature film with some big names attached, it’s on its way to theaters this fall. But Card is known for more than his best-selling series, he’s also notorious for his resolute views on gay rights, something that he is whole-heartedly against.
As the production of the movie has progressed there has been an increased opposition in favor of embargoing the movie all together, many groups have called for boycotts and other actions, because of Card’s views on homosexuality and gay rights.
Card had this to say when he released this statement to Entertainment Weekly earlier this week regarding the boycott that have been constructed in opposition of Ender’s Game:
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
Card is entitled to speak his mind, but I gotta say, this is ridiculous. Since the recent Supreme Court decision, which Card unwittingly referred to as “moot”, he feels that now the shoe’s on the other foot. Now he is awaiting persecution. It’s odd that he said that because he’s kind of admitting his intolerance as well by suggesting this entire notion. Now we’re just suppose to accept his homophobia and anti-gay rhetoric? Sorry, not gonna happen. To top it off the timeline he put in place is laughable. The equal rights discussion has been around for a while, even before ’84, to insist it’s just now become a definitive issue is oblivious to say the least.
Card has seen passionate rejection of his work before, in fact it wasn’t too long ago.
Earlier this year when DC Comics announced the digital first series, Adventures of Superman, with Card being one of the writers, he was met with a wave of negation. Fans, retailers and even some well-known creators attached to the book’s rotating creative team refused to go anywhere near the issue with Card on it. The artist attached to Card’s issue even decided to quit. Chris Sprouse, Card’s assigned artsits, refused to illustrate a story written by the Ender’s Game author, in an statement he said, “It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I’ve decided to step back as the artist on this story. The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that’s something I wasn’t comfortable with.”
They still haven’t found a replacement to complete the art for the story and they probably won’t…at least for a while.
I admit that the call to boycott his content does have its negative effects. I hate to see how other people suffer just because of one person’s inconsiderate idea’s, which he fails to muzzle. They don’t share Card’s perception, why should they earn the same punishment? Are they just apart of the sacrifice that needs to be made? They shouldn’t have to be. But there are necessary sacrifices that need to be made, but thats up to everyone to decide for themselves through the purchasing of a ticket or boycott of his movie.
Honestly, I think people should be able to think however they want, that’s a right we all have. But trying to build a wall of animosity and distaste in order to impede someone’s pursuit of happiness isn’t a right you’re entitled to, especially if it’s in the way of an ambition that is more than deserved. It’s even more immoral when you know that your words have a strong influence.
Card has said some hurtful and imprudent things in the past, I’m not surprised people are this avid about converting his life into a living hell. There is a distinct dissimilarity between disagreeing with an idea and trying to halt it and destroy the process all together. Trying to preach hate and move people in the wrong direction reflects more of the latter. His funding of anti-gay groups also perpetuates his distinct goal to prevent them all together
I confess I’ve never read the entire Ender’s Game series, but I will say that the movie did look some-what interesting. And from what I understand it has nothing to do with gay-rights whatsoever. Plus who doesn’t love Harrison Ford?
Is giving my money to the film that Card will profit off of a vote against gay rights? Well, no it isn’t, not in my opinion. There are hundreds of people other than the author of the book involved in this production. Should I condem Harrison Ford too? Is he supporting anti-gay legislature by acting his ass of and making sure this movie earns some money because that’s what he was paid to do? I don’t think so.
Its sometimes hard to separate the artist from the art because it’s their creation, it’s a significant part of them. We somehow try to recognize their perspective and insight through their work, that’s how fans are born. It’s unfortunate that admirers of the book have to wrestle with this idea, but I understand it. I’ve had the same debates myself regarding writer and artist Frank miller whose had some controversial opinions rise in the past. It sucks, I know.
In this day and age there are a lot more productive ways to can change the legislation concerning gay rights. Card isn’t the only person who shares this view, trying to hurt him won’t change the world. Sure, making sure his movie bombs will stick it to him, but it will also hurt a lot of other people who happen to be in the crossfire and that’s terribly unfortunate. So far it seems like the studio is trying to distance themselves from the author as much as they can, he won’t even be showing up to the movie’s pannel at the San Diego Comic Con.
I wasn’t planning on seeing the movie, Card’s philosophies did have an influence on my decision, just like it did when I decided I wouldn’t purchase a comic with his name on it. But I will not damn those who do partake in either of the two. You shouldn’t feel like you’re condoning his behavior or endorsing his ideas outside the book or movie, unless that’s your intention…
If you see the movie, its because you’re a fan of Ender’s Game not Card’s horrible opinions. If you plan on boycotting, I have no problem with that either, more power to ya.