Controversial jacket-holding author Orson Scott Card has finally commented on the proposed boycott of ENDER’S GAME, the tentpole SF movie based on his work launching this fall.
Card has been on the hot seat over his 2008 comments opposing gay marriage, and his involvement as a board member for the National Organization for Marriage, which actively worked against marriage equality. Earlier this year, a proposed Superman digital comic story written by Card ignited a firestorm of internet protest, and artist Chris Sprouse eventually withdrew, putting the story on indefinite hold.
With ENDER’S GAME opening in November, an even huger firestorm is poised to sweep over land and sea, with a call for a boycott by LGBT nerd group Geeks Out already out there. In an attempt to defuse the situation, Card, who had been silent until now, released a statement to EW:
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
Okay so you guys won, so leave me alone to live my life and make millions from a movie.
So tolerance on speaking out is good but tolerance on allowing people to enjoy the legal benefits of life partnership wasn’t. Until the courts said it was okay.
Card is being kept away from the Comic-Con panels for Ender’s Game and probably won’t do any promotion for the film. While many still love Ender’s Game, and say the message is a more uplifting one, I doubt this statement will do much to encourage those planning to boycott to see the movie.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.