Facing a boycott due to anti-gay stance, Ender’s Game author Orson Card speaks out
Ender’s Game is one of this fall’s largest blockbusters, and the film has come under some intense pressure from the LGBT community because of the stance on Gay rights that the book’s original author, Orson Scott Card, has made in the past.
Gay-rights activists are calling for a boycott of the Hollywood blockbuster and as tension mounts, Orson Scott Card has recently opened up about the issue. Talking about the looming boycott of the Lionsgate film, he said that the recent rulings of the Supreme Court have made his personal opinions on the matter “moot”.
The driving force behind the protest is Geeks.out an organization that began the “Skip Ender’s Game” boycott over this past weekend because of Card’s belief. It has come out that Card is an anti-gay activist and a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, he is Mormon and none of this has been a secret, almost every film he has been a part of has been deeply based in Christian and Mormon faith.
Geeks.Out states, “However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.” In a statement send to Entertainment Weekly on Monday Card stated that, “‘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.”
Card added, “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.” The Lionsgate film starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, will release on November 1, 2013