Author Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) has recently been under fire for his personal views on gay marriage and there has been a call to boycott his movie adaptations based on those views. Summit Entertainment will not be including him in its Comic Con panels for Ender’s Game.
After the recent Supreme Court decisions which made way for same-sex marriage, Card issued a statement that called the issue now moot. Nevertheless Lionsgate, the production company for the film, has issued this 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. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of Ender’s Game. 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. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for Ender’s Game.
Recently there has been a call to action in the form of boycotting anything that is tied to writer Orson Scott Card (namely for Ender’s Game) because of his personal views on same-sex marriage. Geeks Out has put up a site devoted to the cause at SkipEndersGame.com.
Orson Scott Card has put out some great entertainment in the form of his books. Entertainment that supporters of gay marriage like Harrison Ford (googled it) of Ender’s Game have chosen to be a part of, and which include no reflection of Card‘s views on same-sex marriage. SciFiMafia.com will continue to get excited about and cover the latest in what’s happening for his projects, and hope that his views continue to evolve, as they have for so many others.
Ender’s Game, starring Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Ben Kingsely and Hailee Steinfeld, is slated to hit theaters and IMAX on November 1st, 2013.