The interest people have in science fiction has always eluded me. I have always had a hard time wrapping my head around worlds, characters and events that could never happen in real life. For me I have to watch a movie or read a book and think it could happen. Sci-fi was too unbelievable with me and I’ve had a difficult time getting into most story lines. That was until my recreational reading teacher handed by Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel, Ender’s Game during my freshman year of high school. Ender’s Game was the first book I really got into that I enjoyed. I recently found out the Orson Scott Card’s novel was going to be turned into a Hollywood movie that is slated to be released in November of this year. I was excited about it until I got on my homepage of WordPress and saw a blog post by Queer Landia titled, “Boycott called for upcoming movie “Ender’s Game”, Orson Scott Card begs for tolerance.” At first I thought the call for a boycott was probably blowing something out of proportion. I was shocked on the other side of the link.
Orson Scott Card has a long history of speaking out against equality for gay people. He wrote an article entitled, “The Hypocrites of Homosexuality,” letting people know that you can’t be a Mormon and be a gay person. Card also encouraged states to keep laws on the books criminalizing same-sex love. A proponent of ex-gay therapy, he believes that being gay is a result of molestation and abuse as children and refutes the idea that there is a biological basis for same-sex attraction. Just last year he called same-sex attraction a “reproductive dysfunction.” Not only is Card one of the largest financial donors to the National Organization of Marriage, or NOM, Card became a board member on the organizations board of directors in 2009.
Shortly after the California Supreme Court declared a law banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, Card took to the media again announcing his disgust with the court’s ruling in, “Orson Scott Card: State job is not to redefine marriage.” While I am struggling with not critiquing his article, I did want to point out some interesting things he said just five years ago. Card implied that a gay relationship is nothing more than a friendship. What struck me the most was Card’s extremist portrait about what he will do if the government backs marriage equality. He wrote;
“Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down…”
I am deeply disappointed in the extreme stance Card has taken in terms of homosexuality through the years. I was looking forward to seeing the movie Ender’s Game, but I won’t be seeing the movie any time soon, if ever at all. I refuse to give a person, business or organization one cent of my money or patronage when I know my financial support will be funneled into anti-gay movement that fight to make me a lesser citizen than another, I cannot rest easy in that fact.
An online forum, Geek Out is now asking people to ‘Skip Ender’s Game.’ While any individual certainly has the right to see the movie if they so choose, I feel it is important to let them know their money will finance Olson Scott Card’s continuing attack on marriage equality and help fund the National Organization for Marriage. With the news of a call to boycott Ender’s Game, Olson Scott Card attempted to paint those that are choosing to boycott his film as intolerant. He recently wrote:
“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.”
Pot meet the kettle. It’s downright wrong to believe the gay rights movement didn’t exist in 1984 and that the issue of gay marriage is now a moot point because of the recent Supreme Court’s ruling. The fight for marriage equality is far from over.
Not everyone in the LGBT community is supportive of Geek Out’s boycott. Tyler Coates, known for his portrayal as the non-stereotypical “Disappointing Gay Best Friend,” recently wrote about why the gay community should not boycott Ender’s Game. Do you agree with him?
There is an array of information on the Internet supporting the claim that Card is a staunch supporter of everything not gay. I hope that you will consider taking a stand against this vitriole and say no to Card’s staunchly anti-gay sentiments. As people give him their money through movie sales, Card will use that money against our causes. We cannot allow that to happen. Will you still plan to see Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game?
I leave you with one final question. Will Mike Huckabee sponsor a day at the movies?