DC Under Fire For Hiring Anti-Gay Writer Orson Scott Card To Pen SUPERMAN

DC Under Fire For Hiring Anti-Gay Writer Orson Scott Card To Pen SUPERMAN

DC Comics have come in for quite a bit of backlash after their decision to appoint noted anti-gay writer Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game) to work on their latest Superman digital comics. Read on for some of the reactions..

In a move many feel is nothing more than an effort use pre-publicity for the Ender's Game movie to drive sales for the comic, DC has commissioned the author of the source novel, Orson Scott Card, to write the new digital comic coming in April, Adventures of Superman. Card, a long-time critic of homosexuality, has called gay marriage "the end of democracy in America", and in 2009 he became a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that campaigns against same-sex marriage. The news has sparked outrage in many circles, and here are just a few reactions.

Jono Jarret of Geeks Out:

"Superman stands for truth, justice and the American way. Orson Scott Card does not stand for any idea of truth, justice or the American way that I can subscribe to. It's a deeply disappointing and frankly weird choice."

Actor and big Supes fan Michael Hartney has written to DC directly on the matter:

"If this was a Holocaust denier or a white supremacist, there would be no question. Hiring that writer would be an embarrassment to your company. Well, Card is an embarrassment to your company, DC. And of all the characters Card could have been hired to write, you give him Superman? The character that taught me to lead by example? To do the right thing, even when it was hard? To keep going, even when it seemed hopeless? What an insult. Kids are killing themselves. They are killing themselves in a climate of intolerance and homophobia publicly fostered by people like Orson Scott Card. You don't have to contribute to this. You shouldn't. You mustn't."

However, gay comic writer Dale Lazarov has taken a slightly different view:

"I've known Orson Scott Card is a raging homophobe since the early 90s. I refuse to buy or read his work. But asking that he be denied work because he is a raging homophobe is taking it too far. Asking for workplace discrimination for any reason is counterproductive for those who want to end discrimination on their own behalf."

DC have so far declined to comment. What do you gusy think? Sound off in the usual place.

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MrYurMomm - 2/12/2013, 11:21 AM
Seriously? What a joke.
JatevinM - 2/12/2013, 11:21 AM
What does him not agreeing with homosexuality have to do with his writing ability? As long as he doesn't use gay slurs or go out of his way to make gay people look bad I dont see the problem.
soundwave129 - 2/12/2013, 11:33 AM
What a dumb idea. Let's pray Card never takes Superman into Earth 2.
BruceLeroy - 2/12/2013, 11:34 AM
Who cares? Just don't buy his DC work if you don't like his opinions.
MrYurMomm - 2/12/2013, 11:34 AM
I have to agree, and didn't Superman renounce his American citizenship?

And what's with all this homophobia talk being brought up? If anything it sounds like heterophobia to me.
MikeHawk - 2/12/2013, 11:40 AM
"Superman stands for truth, justice and the American way. Orson Scott Card does not stand for any idea of truth, justice or the American way that I can subscribe to."

The American way? You mean how states still wont allow gay marriage and make it a whole big controversy? and how there still is bullying towards gays, leading to suicides? Theres no justice here yet.. Kind of quick to assume "Jono Jarret"

But who cares, just dont buy his books..
mawilli4 - 2/12/2013, 11:41 AM
ok, I don't agree with the man's stance buuuuuuuut he is a damn fine writer.

the man wrote three of my favorite sci-fi novels of all time: Speaker for the Dead, Hidden Empire, and Pastwatch. he is one of the kings of sci-fi.
reverendjonnynemo - 2/12/2013, 11:44 AM
So the best way to fight back is to discriminate? Lovin the liberal double standard
MikeHawk - 2/12/2013, 11:44 AM
It's not like Orson is going to turn superman into a raging homophobe lol
RexDartEskimoSpy - 2/12/2013, 11:48 AM
In 1990 Card called for laws that ban gay sex "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."

When you hire a known bigot and hatemonger it reflects poorly on your company, especially when your product is (partially) aimed a children. They've been quietly drifting away from Frank Miller for a while, then hire Orscon Scott Card?
RorMachine - 2/12/2013, 11:50 AM
Have to agree. The guy sounds like a POS but he IS a great writer, people don't have to read his stuff. BUT, I can also see Michael Hartney's point - if he were a Klan member it would be a different story. Somehow discriminating against homosexuals isn't seen as being "that bad" in today's society.
Durf - 2/12/2013, 11:50 AM
Oh wow, people are upset about this? Just because the guy is a homophobe, it doesn't mean that he's going to turn Superman into one or make the comic anti-gay! Jesus Christ people

And Dale Lazarov definitely hit the nail on the head there.

@reverendjonnynemo: indeed
Paragon79 - 2/12/2013, 11:52 AM
Well as long as he doesn't purposely portray gay characters in a bad light, or use the comic to push his agenda against homosexuality, I couldn't care less.
RedeyeJedi - 2/12/2013, 11:54 AM
Yeah, I don't really see the relevance of his political views here. I guess so long as he doesn't make Superman beat up gay people. But then I suppose you could say he was discriminating against gays for not letting them be villains...Hmmm...
hush - 2/12/2013, 11:54 AM
DC shouldn't be putting money in the pocket of a bigot. This goes against the moral standing their own characters believe in. I'm actually pretty disappointed.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 2/12/2013, 11:55 AM
lmbo, how many gay people read comicbooks. funny shit how more straight men read books about colorful heroes in tighty muscley spandex suits.
MisterNiceGuy - 2/12/2013, 11:55 AM
So people are discriminating someone for discriminating? HahahahahahahahahH
LordoftheThrones26 - 2/12/2013, 11:56 AM
Who cares? I mean it's his personal opinion and should be respected! I mean theres so much bigotry nowadays! If he'd have been a supporter theyd all be cheering but since he is against it everyone trys to attack and destroy him! Honestly who cares he's once of the best sci fi wriiters out there! I mean just let the guy write a probably awesome Superman comic! Gays want to be respected THEN RESPECT PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POLITICAL IDEOLOGY! LET THE MAN WRITE AND ENJOY THE COMIC BOOK!!!!!!!!!!
JumpinJehosaphat - 2/12/2013, 11:56 AM
@reverendjonnynemo In this case, yes. Discrimination against those who actively seek to lessen the rights of others based on sexual orientation, religious (or non-religious) beliefs, ethnicity, or nationality should be the virtue of any people hoping for a better society. If OSC never worked again, I would be fine with it. He's a bigot who lends his voice to a large, well-funded organization seeking to remove the rights of others because he thinks it's icky. He's cast his lot, talent or no talent. Most superheroes fight for truth and justice, and seek to vanquish those who would lessen others to make themselves feel better. I tend to agree with that. If that belief makes me a liberal, then I guess I'm a liberal now.
RonSwanson - 2/12/2013, 11:58 AM
Perhaps DC didn't hire him based on his anti-gay stance, but on his writing ability.

Also, you guys know these are all made up characters, right? If you're taking life lessons away from comic books, odds are good your life is already [frick]ed.
MJPETTY7 - 2/12/2013, 11:58 AM
Honestly, that has NOTHING to do with how he'll write Superman. It's just stupid!!!
FightmasterNoel - 2/12/2013, 12:00 PM
Discrimination is discrimination. JUdgeing him for being against homesexuality is as stupid as judgeing somebody for being Gay. Anyone that doesnt like this just becuase hes anti gay is being discriminatory.
MJPETTY7 - 2/12/2013, 12:00 PM
@RonSwanson That is just a stupid thing for you to say. Why couldn't I take a life lesson away from reading comics?
reverendjonnynemo - 2/12/2013, 12:00 PM
- and the point being is that you're okay with discriminating against him - knowing full well that DC would never allow his personal views to reflect in their product - because you don't personally agree with being okay with him never working again, you said?

Your choice it seems is simple. Don't read his books.
RorMachine - 2/12/2013, 12:01 PM
JumpinJehosaphat also makes a good point..but I don't wanna get caught up in this one! Just keep things civil folks.
DioFoRio - 2/12/2013, 12:03 PM
It's also very UNAMERICAN to say he can't have his own views on homosexuality . People need to shut the [frick] up more often and just do what they do. If ya don't like it don't buy it...another american way thing. I'm pro do what you want...but very anti-I don't like this so you shouldn't either.
DioFoRio - 2/12/2013, 12:04 PM
Make your voice heard by not buying his work
hush - 2/12/2013, 12:05 PM
So glad I'm not American...
Paragon79 - 2/12/2013, 12:05 PM
I'm against any limiting of my second amendment, does that mean I don't think people who are for should never be allowed to work again?(moronic corporate owned media outlets aside) No it doesn't. If people were limited on what/where they could work because of differing views, there would be a lot more people not working right now.
Coolwhip - 2/12/2013, 12:06 PM
I may not agree with what you say, but I'll fight to the death my right to mock it.

At least, that's how I think the saying goes.
Durf - 2/12/2013, 12:07 PM
@Dio: Amen! Perfectly said sir
Paragon79 - 2/12/2013, 12:07 PM
Hush: I'm glad you're not too :-p
DioFoRio - 2/12/2013, 12:07 PM
@hush so are we
DioFoRio - 2/12/2013, 12:08 PM
I love you durf...full on homo
DioFoRio - 2/12/2013, 12:08 PM
@Paragon too [frick]in funny ! Jinx
Super12 - 2/12/2013, 12:09 PM
This guy discriminates against a certain lifestyle through various organizations in his personal life! Lets discriminate against him for discriminating against others until he doesn't have a job! Death to all who think differently than me!

What a joke.
Durf - 2/12/2013, 12:10 PM
@Dio: lol

@hush: good, because we don't want you...
Soze - 2/12/2013, 12:10 PM
If he was an outspoken racist DC wouldn't have given him a second look. Why should that be any different with him being an outspoken homophobe?
Orphix - 2/12/2013, 12:12 PM
Any writer worth their salt will add depth, texture and subtext to their story telling. Anyone arguing that this guy is a talented writer and should overlook his prejudices is kind of missing the point.

You can't separate a guys writing style from their outlook. There will always be an agenda - even if only subconsciously - as they try and get the most out of the characters...if they're any good that is.

TDKRnry88 - 2/12/2013, 12:13 PM
I don't see how some of you guys are saying "respect him" when he's obviously a disrespectful person. I can't respect someone who hates on people because of their sexual orientation. He should be minding his own business writing stories and f#@*ing his wife or girlfriend instead of nosing in on homosexuals' lifestyles. DC having him write a character who surely would disapprove of his actions and beliefs is confounding, but I agree with the others. Just don't buy/read it. I won't.
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