I’m boycotting “Ender’s Game.”
So to put it out there, the main reason I’m boycotting the “Ender’s Game” movie is because Orson Scott Card is a homophobe.
A year ago, I had an offer from a company that had a CEO with some rather distasteful personal practices, and while I told the fellow I was talking to I had no problem with him, I did have a problem with his CEO. In short, “The one thing you can’t trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.” I’m very much opposed to selling my soul again for monetary gain, and I’m also opposed to doing anything strongly against my morals. I’m a lesbian. I believe in the freedom of people to marry whomever they love, which means I’m not opposed to polygamy or open relationships (so long as everyone in the relationship is happy, hey, have fun).
Earlier this year, a Superman artist quit over DC hiring Card to write an issue. It was a smaller kerfluffle, given the number of comic book fans vs movie fans (sorry, fellow comic fans!). Still, the comic was pulled. Or put on hiatus, pending finding a new artist.
Card’s response to the boycott is as follows:
Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.
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.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
I do get what he’s saying. There’s nothing homosexual at all in his story. Actually there’s nothing sexual, the book is about kids for fucks sake, and how the government uses their innocence to win a war. In and of itself, that is a really cool thought-argument, that logically extends from the one about why we are ‘better’ at trying new things when we’re younger. If we are unimpeded by the doubt of failure that comes along with age, can anything possibly hold us back? I’m of the opinion that, as children, we’re more daring because we don’t yet understand gravity. Seriously, when I look back on some of the stupid things I did, it was mostly due to lack of fear, which came from lack of comprehension. You feel like you’re immortal. And sometimes you’re an idiot because of it. I like, I really like, that socio-political aspect of the book. And yes, I know they aged up the kids in the movie. That bothers me for other reasons.
I try really hard to be an ethical consumerist. I’ll probably be giving vegetarianism another go soon in part because of it. I’m terribly picky about what I buy and from whom and why. And when I do make the hard choice to pick something ‘against’ my morals, I don’t do it lightly or easily. I think long and hard about it, I discuss it with my wife, and I challenge my perceptions. Given the problems in Texas, given the problems getting Prop 8 turfed, given the problems that a woman loving another woman faces, I just can’t reasonable face myself in the mirror and enjoy that movie. Can’t even enjoy the book anymore. I tried re-reading it just this spring, and felt guilty and ashamed. I simply cannot divorce my issues with Card from his work.
That sucks. I wish I could. I wish I could see that they’re separate things, but really they’re not. Card uses the fame he receives from the success of his books and movies to promote things I oppose. I just can’t finance that. And if his stance on these things is so powerful that I can’t separate him from his works, then it means he is, at the very least, consistant in who and what he is. I won’t support Roman Polanski either, for that matter. Are they both impressive artists? Yes, yes they are. But who they are and what they do totally trumps what they made. Do I want to blacklist him? Do I want to punish him for his personal political and religious views?
Look, I, personally, don’t agree with what he says. I’m sure he disagrees with me. The crux of all this is that I can’t support Card. You should make up your own mind about it, and I promise I won’t stop being your friend over it. After all, these are my morals. Not yours. And that’s my point.
This is my choice.
Ender’s Game has been my favorite book since I first read it in the mid 90s (with the entire Ender series being my favorite series overall), and I was really excited for the movie as well, but Card’s comments really left a bad taste in my mouth. I found myself no longer interested in the movie, and rather ashamed of the pedestal I had put the books on.
I know, it’s not a logical response. The abstract concept and quality of a book should not be affected by the personal views of its author, especially when those personal views are not present in the book itself, but I’m right there with you when you say, “I simply cannot divorce my issues with Card from his work.”
He said some things which profoundly affected my opinion of him, and given the height of the pedestal I placed his works on, I can’t help but let it affect my opinion of those as well.
Thanks for putting this into words!