Orson Scott Card Responds to ‘Ender’s Game’ Boycott

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orson scott cardIt should be an exciting time for Orson Scott Card, as his greatest work, “Ender’s Game,” has become a major motion picture. But Card’s  stance against gay marriage hasn’t exactly made him popular with those who disagree with his views. Card wrote a story for anthology Adventures of Superman that DC had to shelve after artist Chris Sprouse left the project. He cited the media firestorm surrounding the book as the reason.

There was no way “Ender’s Game” was going to peacefully enter cinemas without further problems for Card. He has released a statement citing the Supreme Court’s recent decision as making the whole argument pointless.

“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

The author is smart enough to know this release won’t end the planned boycotts. Perhaps it gives him some good PR with  moviegoers who don’t care take politics into account when making film choices. I suspect that is the majority of them. If “Ender’s Game” is a good movie, it is going to make a whole bunch of money and increase sales of Card’s books.

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  • Guido Funicello

    Interesting how Mr. Card is now waffling in that he now has some money riding on the success of this film.

  • Chuck Anziulewicz

    The first time I had ever heard of Orson Scott Card was when I read his short story, “A Thousand Deaths,” in the long-defunct Omni magazine. I later read the first four of his Ender Wiggin books, and a slogged through all five books in his Homecoming series, though becoming a bit puzzled by the Mormon imagery toward the end.

    It was only later that I found out what rabid disdain Card had for Gay people. And trust me, I did my research. The utterly nasty things he’s had to say about the LGBT community, coupled with the fact that he’s a board member of the very anti-Gay National Organization for Marriage, tells me all I need to know. I regret that I’ve thrown so much money at him in the past. I will not do so anymore. I’m skipping the film version of “Ender’s Game.”

    Mr. Card has every right to express his anti-Gay vitriol, just as the rest of us have the right to call him out on it. But I have no doubt that conservative Christian churches will still bring their congregations to the theater by the BUSLOAD to support this movie.

    Of course, if Orson Scott Card now thinks the issue of marriage equality for law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples is “moot,” I suppose he’ll just resign from his position as a board member of the National Organization for Marriage. But no, I don’t think that will happen.