I think we can all agree that Orson Scott Card is a really talented writer. Unfortunately, we can also agree that he is a vitriol-spewing bigot. Card has made a number of increasingly inflammatory statements over the years regarding his controversial stances against everything from Muslims to Mexicans, and recently his diatribes against same-sex marriage got him removed from a highly touted upcoming Superman writing gig for DC comics. His detractors don’t want to stop there though, as groups have sprung up calling for a boycott of Gavin Hood’s upcoming adaptation of Ender’s Game, Card’s most famous literary creation.
“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.”
Now I always used to be of the opinion that we should separate creator from creation. When Tom Cruise was busy destroying Oprah’s furniture and eating placentas for breakfast, there were many people who outright refused to see any of his movies, as they refused to fund his crazy as well as the coffers for the Church of Scientology, of which Cruise is a highly prominent members. But these very same Cruise-hating people had no problem in forking over their R40 to see movies starring known drug addicts/alcoholics, etc, as I would often remind them.
It’s certainly a slippery moral slope, and one I’ve always avoided by objectively looking at the product and not the person behind it. Now, I’m not so sure. Card has been increasingly aggressive with his bigoted rhetoric, and now with this snooty and ironic response asking for “tolerance”, it may just be one phobic rant too many for me.
I’m still conflicted though, as effectively boycotting Ender’s Game would certainly decrease Card’s platform for his hateful soapboxing, but it would also hurt the careers of writer/director Gavin Hood (who really needs a pick-me-up after X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and rising young stars like Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. This movie’s failure may just be a blip on the career radar of established hands like Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, but these youngsters are far too talented to have their opportunities blunted by the miasmic stigma of being attached to a movie based on a book written by a loud mouth bigot who thinks that gays “cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.”
What do you guys think? Should Ender’s Game the movie be boycotted because of its author, or should we not have our opinion of the one influence the other?
Will I see Ender’s Game? Yes, I’m fairly certain I will. Will I be buying another Orson Scott Card novel again though… that’s a whole other question.
Last Updated: July 11, 2013