“Ender’s Game,” based on the 1985 Orson Scott Card novel of the same name, is coming to theaters in September and the timing couldn’t have been worse for Summit Entertainment’s marketing department.
With the hot topic of same-sex marriage fresh on the public’s mind, Card’s much publicized op-ed piece in 2008 – in which he stated his opposition to same-sex marriage – is riling up pro-gay-marriage supporters.
“With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot,” wrote Card in a statement to Entertainment Weekly on Monday. “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.”
The statement was in response to the “Ender’s Game” boycott, which was launched because of Card’s position on the same-sex marriage issue.
Card also drew heat for a 2009 article in which he stated, “Married people attempting to raise children with the hope that they, in turn, will be reproductively successful, have every reason to oppose the normalization of homosexual unions.”
Geeks OUT is an organization that “rallies, empowers, and promotes the queer geek community” and is spearheading the boycott effort.
“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,” added Card at the end of Monday’s statement.
The ongoing boycott is not the only flare up Card’s stance has caused recently.
In March, artist Chrisopher Sprouse resigned from a Card-authored “Adventures of Superman” comic book project for DC Comics.
Whether you’re in favor of same-sex marriage or not, it’s hard to dispute the fact that there’s a whole lot of intolerance going on here – on both sides of the issue.
On the one hand, it seems silly to boycott a movie just because you don’t agree with the opinions of the author whose book the film is based upon.
That could be the case with any novel-turned-movie.
Maybe you don’t agree with a director’s or author’s political and social views, but might have already forked over the cash to see that film. The only difference is that Card’s opinion has been made public on a large scale.
On the other hand, Card’s backhanded comment about “…whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them…” didn’t need to be said. Obviously unapologetic, it does nothing to defuse the situation.
Is anyone willing to take the moral high road in this matter?
Agree to disagree, or something like that.
This could simply be a matter of stubborn pride, which is more concerned with who is right and less concerned with what is right.
Card’s views on same-sex marriage should have nothing to do with whether you see “Ender’s Game” or not.
To paraphrase Dr. King, judge the movie by the content of its character(s) and storyline, not the unpopular views of the novelist who wrote the book upon which the movie is based.
As for you, Mr. Card, maybe tone down your defiant attitude and make your movie company’s job – which put a lot of money into your book – a little easier.