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. . .

Orson Scott Card, Writing for DC’s Adventures of Superman

DC Comics has invited Orson Scott Card, author of the Ender’s Game, to write for DC’s Adventures of Superman. And the usual suspects are more-than-mildly peeved:

Orson Scott Card, author of the Ender's Game, in DC's Adventures of Superman
Orson Scott Card, author of the Ender’s Game, in DC’s Adventures of Superman.

Per the link, he belongs to the National Organization for Marriage? Hmmm, nom nom nom.