Remarks against same-sex marriage from famed science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card have sparked a boycott within the LGBT community, which plans to avoid the author’s movie release of “Ender’s Game” come November.
Geeks Out, an LGBT voice within comics and gaming communities, created the boycott called “Skip Ender’s Game” with a website bearing the same name. The site says Card is an anti-gay activist and quotes from an article he wrote about homosexuality in 1990.
“Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society,” Card wrote in an article titled “The Hypocrites of Homosexuality.”
Skip Ender’s Game encourages people to boycott “Ender’s Game” to send a message to Card.
“Skip Ender’s Game is a call to action,” reads the website. “Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.”
Card released a response statement to Entertainment Weekly regarding the boycott.
“‘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,” Card said to EW. “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.”
He continued by asking people to show tolerance for those who oppose same-sex marriage.
“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,” Card said his statement.
Card’s response has racked up comments on Twitter that frequently say that Card asks for “tolerance for intolerance.”
The Skip Ender’s Game website has a sidebar where people can sign a pledge to boycott the film. The boycott has received support from those both within and without the LGBT community.
“He [Card] is free to write anything he wishes (as long as not going over the line into treason), and we are free not to subsidize his bigoted lifestyle,” said commenter Ioan Lightoller. “I choose not to see the film or buy any book authored by him.”
For some, the Skip Ender's Game boycott has not deterred them from wanting to see the film.
“You [the LGBT community] must understand that not all people accept your lifestyle,” said an online commenter. “I for one will be watching ‘Ender’s Game.’”
Others believe that boycotting “Ender’s Game” will not have the desired effect.
“To see 'Ender’s Game' in no way amounts to personal support for Card or homophobia,” said Tyler Coates in his article about how to respond to Card. “There comes a time to separate the art from the artist, and ... a gay-themed boycott of the film is a silly and childish reaction, picking on an unrelated cultural artifact completely separate from a decades-long fight for acceptance and equality.”