Call to boycott Ender's Game movie over Orson Scott Card's anti-gay, theocratic activism

There's a call to boycott the Ender's Game movie coming out in November, to not give any money to the book's author, an outspoken anti-gay, Mormon activist who actively opposes separation of church and state, and even the U.S. Constitution when it forbids forcing our secular society to conform to his religion's image. (Also see the more recent quote, below.)

From GeeksOUT's "Skip Ender's Game" page:

   "Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card is an anti-gay activist, writer, and board member of the National Organization for Marriage.

“Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books [...] 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.”
— Orson Scott Card, “The Hypocrites of Homosexuality,” Sunstone Magazine, Feb 1990

Do you really want to give this guy your money?

[...] Skip Ender’s Game is a call to action. 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.

What You Can Do:


On Friday, November 1, instead of seeing the movie, attend a Skip Ender’s Game event with your friends — or create one!


(keep reading at; elllipses and red underlined emphasis mine)

More from Orson Scott Card:

If America becomes a place where our children are [...] taught that [...] homosexuality is as valid a choice as heterosexuality for their future lives, then why in the world should married people continue to accept the authority of such a government?

What these dictator-judges do not seem to understand is that their authority extends only as far as people choose to obey them.

[...] 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 [...] If the Constitution is defined in such a way as to destroy the privileged position of marriage, it is that insane Constitution, not marriage, that will die.

(in the Deseret News, July 24, 2008)

The National Organization for Marriage, where Card is a board member, is not just opposed to equal marriage; they show ample animus and hostility towards LGBT people apart from the issue of relationship recognition.

More at the Huffington Post:

Orson Scott Card's Anti-Gay Views Prompt 'Ender's Game' Movie Protest

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I just reread Ender's Game, mostly in response to a discussion which was on A|N at one time but which has since vanished.  That rereading confirmed for me the cruel and ugly little book that it is.  Ordinarily, I might check out the movie version if there were nothing of this matter attached to it.  Obviously, something IS attached to it, and I have no desire to enrich a homophobe OR someone associated with the LDS church.

Ender's Game the movie can wait until HBO gets a hold of it, for all of me.

Card responded in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, which was promptly criticized for missing the point. A sampling of reactions:
"...get your fucking foot off my neck, then we'll talk tolerance...."

Geeks OUT offers a particularly scathing rebuttal, and some commenters there have ideas worth repeating: (emphasis mine)

Jono: Support your local libraries, where you can find OSC's books and, ultimately, this movie on DVD for FREE!

Cymroboriqueno: Skipping the movie altogether will be really hard for a lot of diehard fans just learning about Card's bigotry. For those who just can't bring themselves to miss it no matter what, I suggest buying a ticket for something else and then sneaking in: an only slightly illegal middle-road [...]

misterxnyc: MY ENDER'S GAMEPLAN: Go to a multiplex. Pick a showtime of ENDER'S GAME that's unlikely to be crowded. Buy a ticket to GRAVITY with roughly the same showtime. Once in the multiplex, walk into ENDER'S GAME instead; if challenged, tell manager the box office accidentally sold me a ticket to the wrong movie, and watch them wave me into the ENDER'S GAME theater anyway. (They don't give a sh*t, as long as they've gotten their money.) I get to see ENDER'S GAME while enriching LGBT allies Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and homophobe Orson Scott Card doesn't get a dime. Poor Orson! (Feel free to forward this suggestion far and wide.)

And Susana Polo at points us to Alyssa Rosenberg's ThinkProgress article:

An Ethical Guide To Consuming Content Created By Awful People Like ...

(with advice that can apply whether or not you see the movie).

I don't need an excuse not to see something written by an offensive author who will profit considerably from that offensiveness.  I simply Don't Watch It.

Another thought: science-fiction is frequently about the future and realistic projections of that future based in the present.  Right now, with current events as a basis, I have to believe that the future will entail equal rights for those of different sexual orientations, which several SF authors, including my own favorite, Robert Heinlein, have anticipated and expressed in their writing.  If Card can't see the writing on the wall, why should I patronize his work?

I've been an Orson Scott Card fan for decades, and this comes as a shock. *sigh* Maybe I'll try the switch strategy.

Update: Card left the National Organization for Marriage's board sometime this year, according to this New York Times article about the call for a boycott:

At last count, 667 people, give or take, have screen credits on “Ender’s Game.”

One of them turned into a problem this week. [...]

As for Mr. Card’s background and views, they were hardly a secret. A Mormon and a descendant of Brigham Young, he was on the board of the National Organization for Marriage, which has opposed same-sex unions, from 2009 until this year. In March a DC Comics project with Mr. Card as a co-writer fell apart when its illustrator, Chris Sprouse, quit as an online petition called for Mr. Card’s removal. [...]

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Too little, too late.  Quitting the freaking board of NOM as a PR move gets him nothing.


By Monday evening, Mr. Card was issuing a public plea for tolerance of his views — “with the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot,”

You have got to be fucking kidding me.  I guess that means that we should have started being tolerant of racist views, after 1869, once the 15th amendment was passed.

After all, the racism issue is moot, and no one is passing racially-targeted voter-suppression laws ... like my own damned state is currently doing.

He's a bigot.  Fuck 'em.  And he's a big enough figurehead that the other people attached to the project don't mitigate Card's presence.

"Too little, too late."

My opinion: Amen! (as in "what he said!" no supernatural stuff needed)

Mr. Card may well have viewed an official connection to NOM as a liability to his income, to be jettisoned before there was much publicity about the movie. It doesn't undo all the damage his high-profile advocacy for heterocentric theocracy has done.

The issue of equality is far from "moot" when -- never mind marriage -- in most U.S. states you can still be fired for being gay or bi* and/or trans -- or even if your employer thinks so.
(*as John Corvino points out, bisexual people don't get "half fired" or "half harassed".)

And let's not forget that even now, a tenth of his large income is supposed to go to the LDS church.

A true change, that would make an apology meaningful, would involve not only repudiating his past intolerant heterosupremacy, but also substantial donations and public work for equality as well as for separation of church and state. Until then, he's not getting a cent from me.

Apropos: Dr. Julian Darius writing on Card's non-apology apology in "Why I'm (Proudly, this Time) Boycotting Orson Scott Card".

A key quote:

What effrontery. Bad enough to fight tooth and nail against equality, using any means at your disposal, including lying and scapegoating [...] But to demand that people not hold this against you by choosing not to buy your product… simply beggars belief.

Why, to say that is to say that there should be no consequences. [...]

As bad as Card’s words and deeds were, pretending it’s all “moot” and preemptively slurring those who might get in the way of his personal enrichment feels worse. [...]

If Mr. Card is so unabashedly shameless, the least we can do is to shame him.

[read the whole thing!]

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.
-- Orson Scott Card

Okay, call me a sore winner ... but WHY should I tolerate a bigot?  The whole point of this business was to gain rights for the LGBT community which have been restricted in the past and are still being challenged by a bunch of religiously driven BIGOTS.  If they want to recognize their own bigotry and let it go, that would be one thing.  I hear no such attitude from OSC, indeed, quite the contrary.

And I have no tolerance for his intolerance ... or anything like it.

He misunderstands what "tolerance" means, probably deliberately as this is what theists generally do. Tolerance means not attacking people physically, and opposing people who would attack them. Tolerance e means not trying to deny people their legal, civil, human rights, and not supporting those who would deny other their rights. No marriage equality organizations or equality supporters are trying to deny Card his civil rights, or preaching that he should be harmed, or supporting those who try to harm him. No one is trying to outlaw his writing or movies based on it, no one is trying to deny the makers of this film housing, health care, or access to education or job opportunities. No one is suggesting anyone harm or discriminate against Card, we just suggest people avoid paying to consume his products, but we are not trying to use the law or do criminal activity to interfere with him. No one is trying to make him a second class citizen, we are just talking about not wanting to give him our personal funds. Anti-choice activists, anti-gay activists DO attempt to use both the law and illegal means to harm gays, to deny people access to the same freedoms others enjoy, some even physically harm or advocate physically harming gay people. It's not discrimation to say someone's politics suck. We ARE tolerating him, allowing his stupid shit into the marketplace of ideas and commerce, we just maybe choose not to buy it ourselves. Card is just being a crybaby.


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