Boycott the Boycott of Ender’s Game

Here we go, Ender’s Game, the movie is coming out in November. I’ll be deployed to Japan, but I’ll see the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s book when it finally hits those shores. The plot for those of you unaware:

“Ender’s Game” follows the adventures of Ender Wiggin, a gifted young boy who’s trained at an advanced military school to lead the attack against the second wave of an alien invasion that left the Earth decimated 70 years earlier. The film, directed by Gavin Hood and starring Asa Butterfield,Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, and Hailee Steinfeld, will hit theaters on November 1.

What would a movie be without a little controversy, by a group called Geeks OUT:

It’s one of the most highly anticipated films of the upcoming holiday movie season, though “Ender’s Game” now has a considerable amount of controversy to go with the hype.

Geeks OUT has launched an online protest of the film due to author Orson Scott Card being an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. Called “Skip Ender’s Game,” the boycott urges potential audiences to steer clear of the film, which is based on Card’s popular 1985 novel.

“Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand,” Geeks OUT officials write. “Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.”

Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield in Ender's Game
Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield in Ender’s Game

Geeks OUT is organizing a series of “Skip Ender’s Game” events in New York, Orlando, Seattle, and other major U.S. cities to coincide with the movie’s debut this November.

Orson Scott Card has been an outspoken opponent of gay rights for several years. In 2009, he joined the board of directors at the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which opposes same-sex marriage and was created to pass California’s Proposition 8. His own personal views on the LGBT community were expressed in a Mormon Times piece that same year: “Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.”

In that same op-ed piece, Card wrote that gay marriage “marks the end of democracy in America,” that homosexuality was a “tragic genetic mix-up” and that “allowing courts to redefine marriage was a slippery slope towards total homosexual political rule and the classifying of anyone who disagreed as ‘mentally ill.'”

Tolerance for me, but not for thee. . .

21 thoughts on “Boycott the Boycott of Ender’s Game”

  1. I often boycott things and people who I am in disagreement with – on different issues. And I like to support those whom I am in agreement with – boycotting is a great way for me as an individual to show my preferences. I’m glad you posted this – I will be sure to see the movie.

  2. In the past, I’ve actually read many of Orson Scott Card’s books…and this was one of the first of his I have seen made into a movie….has anyone noticed the types of movies now prevalent in America? Hollywood seems to indulge itself in more fantasy subjects than human reality…….is that because fantasy is more real than what’s currently portrayed on the world stage? Something to think about…Hollywood has predictably been leftist in its leanings for a number of decades, complaining about their own perceived reality as opposed to the real world….they seem to have a problem with that and complaining about issues and subjects that don’t actually exist….i.e. global warming and who exactly are terrorists in America for another….the former doesn’t exist and the latter is right in front of their eyes but these proclaimed statists refuse to acknowledge it….perhaps someone who matters should actually think about who and what that is before making things up in Hollywood to please leftism and the statist politicians who practice it……k

  3. “is that because fantasy is more real than what’s currently portrayed on the world stage?”

    Certainly more entertaining… And the fact that only now can many of these types of movies actually be made in a way that does it justice. In the past the special effects would have been almost impossible to create in any realistic manner. Only today with CGI can we begin to do these great works justice.

    1. Not to be a total ass, Just Saying but Hollywood ‘entertainment’ is actually an oxymoron; they haven’t come up with a decent movie or a script that hasn’t already been done to death in decades…no one out there in LaLa Land has the slightest imagination or even a clue to it and wouldn’t even know how should anyone ask and celebrities far from being entertaining are boring…I think anyone who thinks celebrities are entertaining is actually stretching the bounds of reason, logic and common sense never mind reality….need I go on??? I think not…k

      1. Just Sayin’, I am going to second Kris here. And I am wary of CGI because it often precludes any acting or directing. See Michael Bay on this. . .

  4. Presumably, the OP is not against boycotts generally. It seems likely the OP would not condemn a boycott of Card were Card, oh, a leading member of the white-supremacist Christian Identity movement. Let’s thus make sure we’re all on the same page here. Let’s make sure we really understand Card’s position, and by proxy, what the OP is suggesting is intolerant to boycott.

    First off, Card is on the board of NOM. NOM:

    -Has been repeatedly indicted by e.g. the SPLC as demonizing homosexuality through factually inaccurate propaganda
    -Has been caught creating a false sense of its popularity by Photoshopping crowds into the background of pics on their events
    -Has adopted a “wedge” strategy where they attempt to pit various ethic groups against one another, discouraging immigrants against assimilation, etc.

    Card himself:

    -Has implied that supporting gay marriage will lead to civil war
    -Says many/most people are gay because of abuse
    -Claims gays are not being deprived of equal treatment before the law because hey, they can always marry opposite-sex partners!
    -Claims gay marriage will prevent people from aspiring “to create a child-centered family with a father and a mother.”
    -Denounces the “myth that homosexuals are ‘born that way'”
    -Claims that legalizing gay marriage will encourage society to convert people to being gay (no, really, he actually says this)
    -Asserts that if gay marriage becomes legal, “out of the old American mantras of ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ and ‘home’ and ‘family,’ of ‘motherhood’ and ‘apple pie,’ only the pie will be left.”

    I don’t believe in boycotting people for disagreeing with me politically. I do believe in boycotting people who are smug bigots dedicating a significant portion of their lives to the promotion of scaremongered lies about gay folk.

    Orson Scott Card, in short, is a liar for Jesus. It seems to me that conscientious conservatives who really do “love the sinner, hate the sin” should be at the forefront of condemning someone who claims to be within their ranks but is, in fact, making it look like they believe all kinds of demonstrably false or hyperbolic stuff about gays. Of all people, it seems they SHOULD be the ones boycotting Card’s noxious views. Any takers?

    1. Thank you, Roberto.

      After reading your comments, I ordered two more of Card’s books, one for each of the blogs I support through online buys from their blogs.

      NavyOne, you should sign up as an Amazon Associate or whatever they’re called. Maybe it could help pay for that new mountain bike you’re going to buy when you get to Japan.

      1. Heheh, good idea. The problem with Roberto’s post is that he provides no links to support his wacky ideas. The one reference he does offer is from the SPLC, who is about as slanted as it gets. . .

  5. I support NOM. I will be seeing this movie. The Out grp should have been quiet. No such a thing as bad publicity.

  6. I for one have never read any of his books (or had even heard his name before), but having ‘copped an eyeful’ of what is on offer through a Google search, it looks as though I may well be extending an additional shelf within my library.

    Yours Aye.

    1. Indeed, he’s a great writer…I don’t read fantasy and science fiction because I identify with that person’s politics; that would be a very stupid reason not to read enjoyable fiction..I frankly, don’t give a flying rat’s behind what OSC’s politics are…if that were the case, I’d be reading nothing at all because I would disagree with everything that ever comes from a group of people who oftentimes are traditional leftists…idiocy on display…if it appears in their writing, I could very well ignore it if the book was well-written and if not and this expressed attitude was offensive, I’ll just never find another reason to read that author again…I just don’t care about an author’s political leanings and if it really matters, all of us would have a very short reading list….that’s about the size of it, isn’t it??….k

  7. I shall not attend the movie.

    I strongly recommend his Ender Wiggins books and his Red Prophet books to any that enjoy reading.

    Ender had an older brother and sister. He was a Third. He was vilified and punished as were his parents and his family because they violated that State policy against having more than 2 children. In other words, he was recruited by, trained and ordered to defend a leftist Utopia as a child warrior that saw the State oversee the brutal and callous murder of children. I think we can count on a Hollywood spin here to make any leftist filmgoers happy.

    viz the comments above from a boycotter: I wouldn’t hang my hat on the full faith, credit and moral authority of the SPLC. If somebody elected to burn their offices down I might exert myself to whistle, quietly as I walked away. What a nasty bunch of racist biggots they are. They see bigots in every woodpile.

  8. I just saw Lone Ranger last night. If you treasure hysterically funny parody you will laugh out loud watching this movie. It is the funniest movie I’ve seen since Raising Arizona came out. You will catch yourself from time to time doing what the son of Dr. Evil kept urging his parent to do, “JUST SHOOT HIM!!!!!!!!!!” It’s those moments though that lead to the rest of a funny story.

  9. I saw the previews for Ender’s Game and my initial reaction was to pass on it. But now, knowing that Mr. Card’s views on Prop 8 and gay marriage are very close to mine I will go and support the movie. And as a Californian who voted for Prop 8, I find it very frustrating that my vote (and millions others) virtually counted as nothing. What would our Founding Fathers say to that?

  10. You appear to have dismissed the remaining 8/9ths of my points out of hand simply because of your distaste for the SPLC. This in spite of several direct quotes from Card himself, with whom I have personally spoken as to his worldview and politics, which I’m betting is more than YOU can say. My reporting is accurate. I would appreciate the courtesy of a reasoned and evidenced disagreement, as I have provided.

  11. VikingS3er: Yup, it comes out in November.
    Veronica: Agreed. Boycotts in general should be quiet.
    EB: His books are offered as primers on military leadership.
    Kris: Agree with the great writer bit.
    Curtis: Interesting, I’ve not heard anything good on the Lone Ranger. May have to reconsider.
    Lauren: I understand your issue with Prop 8. Interesting that voting on something has no effect…

  12. NavyOne:
    viz Lone Ranger. We thought it very good. There is a bit, a small bit, about what really happened to the Plains indians. It is sad and an allegory but pretty much sums up the whole of the issue. It may be a little deep though.

    My take on opinions inre the other matter; everybody is entitled to their own opinion on any topic. When did having an opinion entitle somebody else to call one a bigot? I swear, if we leave these guys alone they’ll have Unitarians ripping the throats out of Baptists over differences in belief about the centrality of the Waaa in the hereafter. :)

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