Lionsgate distances itself from Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay agenda
The premiere of ‘Ender’s Game’ is only a few short months away, and with Comic Con 2013 just around the corner, Lionsgate is setting the record straight on where it stands with ‘Ender’s Game’ author Orson Scott Card’s beliefs.
The response comes after a boycott of the film has been called-for from the organization known as Geeks OUT. The call to boycott the film is solely based on the original author’s beliefs. Orson Scott Card wrote the book in 1985 but since then has been publicly denouncing same-sex marriage and gay-rights. Lionsgate wrote in a statement, “As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from Gods and Monsters to The Perks of Being a Wallflower and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage.”
The studio then went a step forward and pledged to host a benefit premiere for the film, with the money going towards LGBT charities. Card spoke to Entertainment Weekly last Monday saying, “With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot… 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.”
Lionsgate continued in the statement. “The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message,”
Ender’s Game is set to release in theaters on November 1, 2013.