Ender’s Game Gay Protest – Orson Scott Card’s Anti-Gay Views Prompts Boycott
Author Orson Scott Card’s controversial stance on LGBT rights has prompted an online protest ahead of the movie release of ‘Ender’s Game,’ his famed 1985 novel.
Geeks OUT has started what they hope will become a universal boycott of the movie adaptation of ‘Ender’s Game’, urging people to ‘Skip Ender’s Game‘ and ‘keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets’.
The group who are urging people not to buy a ticket at the theater, to purchase the DVD, watch it on-demand or purchase any merchandising and toys, is also organising a series of Ender’s Game gay protest events across major U.S. cities to coincide with the movie’s debut…
“By pledging to Skip Ender’s Game, we can send a clear and serious message to Card and those that do business with his brand of anti-gay activism — whatever he’s selling, we’re not buying. The queer geek community will not subsidize his fear-mongering and religious bullying. We will not pay him to demean, insult, and oppress us.”
Others have argued that the movie, which stars Harrison Ford (who’s very pro-gay) and Asa Butterfield, should be viewed as completely separate to Card’s views. However there’s no doubt that the more successful the film is, the more money he makes, some of which he may channel to fighting against gay rights.
Orson Scott Card on LGBT Issues
In 2009, Orson Scott Card joined the board of directors at the US based National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a group which has actively opposed same-sex marriage. The Hollywood Reporter cites a 2009 Mormon Times opinion piece written by Card, in which he argues, “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 2012, he referred to same-sex attraction as a “reproductive dysfunction” in a Rhinoceros Times opinion piece supporting North Carolina’s Amendment One, adding ”Normalizing a dysfunction will only make ours into a society that corrodes any loyalty to it, as parents see that our laws and institutions now work against the reproductive success (not to mention happiness) of the next generation”