Friday, July 12, 2013

I Wish I Read "Ender's Game" Before I Knew The Author is a D***

So if you haven’t heard, Orson Scott Card is an accomplished author, a staple in modern science fiction literature, and a repulsive bigot who would go so far as to take down an entire government to prevent Adam from marrying Steve. There is a movie based on his most famous book, Ender’s Game, coming out this summer. Geek OUT urged people to not see this film. Producers are a little nervous, given the backlash that DC comics felt when they wanted him to write The Adventures of Superman. I wrote about that, how how odd a choice it was. SHAMELESS PLUG

Producers actually should be nervous. It was probably already a done deal that this film was in the process of being made or finished when the DC debacle occurred. Readers swore to not buy a single DC product if Card were to write any tale of Kal-El, and DC listened. I doubt they dumped as much money on Orson as Lionsgate already did. To their credit, Lionsgate issued a statement distancing themselves from Card’s anti-gay rants. Beside that, their past choices in films to make that had non-derisive gay characters, like in Gods and Monsters and Perks of Being a Wallflower, plus their own all-inclusive benefits and employment policies, speak much louder than their words. Prior to that, though, Card said this to an interviewer:

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.”
My id wants me to just say. “B****, please!” However, my super-ego wants to deconstruct the f*** out of what Mr. Card said.
  1. If the gay marriage issue is moot, then why is Card still on the board committee of the National Organization for Marriage, the spearheaders of CA’s Proposition 8, and leaders in trying to make gay marriage illegal throughout the country? Let’s not forget that they also fight to overturn laws already on the books that protect gays from discrimination in adoption and employment. Check out their site. They’re proud of their work.
  2. Tolerance? TOLERANCE? THis is coming from a man who said he would advocate overthrowing any government that gave equal rights to LGBT people. Essentially, he would rather commit treason than let someone live his/her life. How “tolerant” is that?
  3. He’s obviously worried about this boycott. Well if he is REALLY concerned about tolerance, then why doesn’t he suggest that the NOM board end their boycott on General Mills, Nabisco, T-Mobile, Starbucks, Disney, and SO many other companies that they deemed boycott-worthy because of their open policies and statements advocating and promoting equality amongst all genders?
Essentially, Card wanted some money, as did Lionsgate, which is why they collaborated to make Ender’s Game. Ironically, any NOM member would call for the boycott of Lionsgate, given their inclusive work policies. Were I a Lionsgate exec, I would have done a little more homework and read his 2008 treason promise, his 2004 essay or his 1990 essay  before buying ANY rights to make his work a movie. I guess green is the most tolerant hue of all.

I’m not sure if I’ll watch Ender’s Game or not. Card sold the rights to make the film, so he had his money already. I don’t blame boycotters for showing their disdain by not supporting the project. Perhaps Lionsgate will do a little bit more homework before they offer to buy rights to make a movie. As for Orson, all he’s doing now is showing how much more of a pig he is than the pig from whence I’d like to think he was named.

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