Orson Scott Card Responds To ENDER'S GAME Boycott

Orson Scott Card Responds To ENDER'S GAME Boycott

Earlier this year, pressure was placed upon DC Comics for hiring anti-gay activist, Orson Scott Card, for their new Adventures Of Superman anthology. He soon left the project. Now, a planned boycott of Card's Ender's Game is causing a stir.

Earlier today, Geeks OUT, launched a website, "Skip Ender's Game," that encourages people to boycott the upcoming sci-fi film based on the author's personal views on gay rights, and especially gay marriage. Now, Orson Scott Card has penned a response.

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.

Orson Scott Card

ENDER'S GAME, directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and the cast includes: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis. Coming to theaters November 1, 2013!

In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.

Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
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LEVITIKUZ - 7/8/2013, 5:16 PM
Thanks for the good news.

Jollem - 7/8/2013, 5:17 PM
so Orson Scott Card jumps up on a stool and pulls his skirt up and shrieks when he sees a gay person. well, there's far worse intolerant and violent people towards gays out there. lot of thick-headed people
MexicanSexyman - 7/8/2013, 5:18 PM
Where are their response.
MexicanSexyman - 7/8/2013, 5:18 PM
Where are their response?
LordoftheThrones26 - 7/8/2013, 5:20 PM
[frick] these people who are boycotting the film! Honestly most (not all) homosexuals are the most intolerant people I know! People have different opinions that doesnt mean theyre EVIL!!! I tip my hat to you Mr. Card!
LordoftheThrones26 - 7/8/2013, 5:21 PM
All theyre doing really is giving more reason and propaganda to the film!
ejkousc - 7/8/2013, 5:54 PM

What do you mean when you say most homosexuals are the most intolerant people you know? Is it because they do not tolerate intolerance? How dare they stand up for their rights. "Intolerance to intolerance is not hypocritical."

Different opinions is one thing. But it is very possible to have Evil Opinions. Anti-gay marriage proponents are practicing an evil opinion.
Dmon - 7/8/2013, 5:55 PM
@nailbiter111 Please highlight or use quotation marks next time so there is no confusion.
Jollem - 7/8/2013, 5:57 PM
almost every gay person i've known or know is a decent human being. every single piece of shit i have had to put up with has been heterosexual
Dmon - 7/8/2013, 5:58 PM
WE The People need to stop asking the government for permission. There should be no laws regarding either heterosexual or homosexual relationships among consenting adults. Marriage of any kind is a private, contractual matter between free, private individuals that should not be regulated. That means no Tax breaks for Married couples, No Marriage License, No Government Recognizing any Marriage. Also marriage is a religious practice so if you are an Atheist and not a christian, muslim, jew, buddhist, hindu, shinto, taoist, wiccan or one of the many other religions you have no reason to get married. But hey if you want to say words to your partner in front of your friends and family and call yourself married that is your own business no one else's.
ejkousc - 7/8/2013, 5:58 PM
Having said that I do not intend to boycott the film. I seperate the art from the artists social opinions. Will seeing the movie line Card's pocket in some way? Probably. But supporting Enders Game and ever so slightly fattening his wallet does not mean you support his atrocious and immoral opinions. That would be brash and immature weird softy form of commercial vigilantism. It's not effective.
KeefNCookies - 7/8/2013, 6:04 PM
Well said Dmon. Respect.
ALegendaryPanda - 7/8/2013, 6:04 PM
I honestly don't care what gay people do in their private life. It doesn't affect me in any way whatsoever. If they wanna get married let them, why is this even an issue?
LordoftheThrones26 - 7/8/2013, 6:05 PM
Look I'm just saying most of these people when faced with someone who disagrees with them will attack them and criticse them for EVERYTHING not just their stance on marriage or their sexuality, so yes I do believe they are being intlorent! Just because you disagree on gay marriage or homosexuality in general DOES NOT make you intolerant! I don't think people should legally be allowed to smoke marijuana or buy firearms but that does NOT make me intolorent or ''EVIL''! So yes I respect theyre opinion and many respect the other sides but as I have come to see most attack the other sides opinion! Sure theyre are nut jobs on both sides but I find them more intlerant of the other side! Just because someone thinks differantly from you or disagrees with you does NOT make you evil or intolerant!
LordoftheThrones26 - 7/8/2013, 6:09 PM
And marriage shouldn't be a political choice but a private religious/non-religious one!
DeadManDann - 7/8/2013, 6:13 PM

You can't compare drug/gun rights with homosexuality, because the latter is something one is born with. It's what they ARE, not something they've decided to do, like buy guns or smoke weed. I cannot respect someone who is intolerant toward gays because that's hating a person for something that they're born with, something that's out of their control.

DeadManDann - 7/8/2013, 6:15 PM

Marriage is a legal union between two people-- the ceremony can be of any religion, but it's a LEGAL union between two people that comes with benefits and whatnot that you can't get otherwise.
DEATHbyEXILE - 7/8/2013, 6:17 PM
DeadManDann - 7/8/2013, 6:19 PM
If one more person claims that we oughta tolerate intolerance, I'm gonna lose my goddamn mind.
pistolero82 - 7/8/2013, 6:21 PM
I'm not watching this because of some boycott, I'm not watching it cuz it looks dumb!
InfiniteMonkey - 7/8/2013, 6:22 PM
I'm with Nails, I'm Anti-marriage. LOL
WYLEEJAY - 7/8/2013, 6:22 PM
Who has the right to say someone can't get married? That's bull. What does it matter if you like the same sex? I live in America! Freedom bitches! Isn't that what we say! So you have a different opinion, you have the right to express that opinion, cause you have FREEDOM OF SPEECH! My opinion, if you don't like what someone says, and you feel like you shouldn't see that movie cause that's your way of getting back at them, then go ahead. Dont watch it, but all this fuss is just more attention for the movie.

I don't mind homosexuality at all. I have gay friends, gay relatives. I even think I turned one of my exes gay, but that's beside the point. I support the people I care for, but I'm still gonna eat at Chick Fillet and watch this movie! Cause its not the employees who worked their asses off fault!
BezierCurve - 7/8/2013, 6:23 PM
There are only two things I can't stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures... and the Dutch!
LordoftheThrones26 - 7/8/2013, 6:28 PM
Where's your PROOF? There is NO scientific conclusive evidence that supports this but more delusional propaganda created on their side! Plus marriage has more religious and ceremonial roots to it than political ones! In fact the only reaseon why it's become so political and legal is because people get divorced! So no your argument is invalid! Plus theyre are tons of legal benefits you can arrange (a will) if you want all the so-called benefits from a will!Plus I'm not talking about intlerance, yes theyre are a bunch of assholes who do hate on gays but I'm talking about those who attack those who respectfully have a difference of opinion!
thegaf - 7/8/2013, 6:28 PM
I love people like this. Wants to be homophobic (in this case), or racist, or anti-science, or whatever else tramples on the rights of others, but then gets mad when you don't want to give their businesses money.

I don't care that you lost, Card, and are now pretending to be ok with it, just so you can have my money. You ain't getting it. But I'm sure their are plenty of like-minded people like you who will support you. And that's their right. But you aren't getting mine.

And remember: a boycott ≠ censorship. It's called capitalism.
Dmon - 7/8/2013, 6:30 PM
I also believe that if multiple people want to get married and all parties are consenting adults then it is no one else's business or the governments but their own.
ADrockDO - 7/8/2013, 6:32 PM
It's called freedom of speech ladies and gentlemen ... get over it.
tomr - 7/8/2013, 6:32 PM
it's amazing how some people on here fail to comprehend what it is like to be denied basic civil rights.
LordoftheThrones26 - 7/8/2013, 6:34 PM
Besides I believe this isnt even an important social issue! Two gays won't die if they are not married, a starving child will die if he/she won't receive the adequete food and medicine! A baby will die if his/her careless mother decides t kill it in the womb! A child will be physically and mentally hurt if it's abused by a pedophile, who'll go back to the street if they aren't properly condemmed! The issue of gay marriage is IMHO a waste of time and money when compared to more important social issues and like I said before all this will only help the film with propaganda!
LordoftheThrones26 - 7/8/2013, 6:37 PM
Plus we live in a day and age where two men gettting married is ok but a polygamist/polyandrious marriage is considered wrong or perverted? GTF!!
@Tomr I have been denied civil rights before and marriage isn't one of them food,health and a home are!
DeadManDann - 7/8/2013, 6:37 PM

It's disappointing how stupid some of these users are.
batman1216 - 7/8/2013, 6:38 PM
Homosexuality is really not a normal thing, but as long as it is between 2 consenting adults I really do not care what they do as long as it is done respectfully and with class. The only time I have a problem is when a gay person is overtly flamboyant just to shove it in your face. That irritates me. Also, these gay rights groups are hypocrites and they force their views and beliefs on everyone and are the first to picket and boycott when someone doesn't agree with their views and agenda. They hate being persecuted, but will persecute anyone that doesn't support them.
DeadManDann - 7/8/2013, 6:41 PM

Yeah, screw those people for forcing equality and happiness for all down our throats. Bastards. Their "agenda" is to be accepted, but apparently some of you are too goddamn ignorant to understand that. It's not just a difference of opinion when one "opinion" denies a group their rights.
galacticaprime - 7/8/2013, 6:43 PM
I read and enjoyed several of OSC's books years ago before I knew any of his political or social views. While I don't agree with his views on gay rights or gay marriage, knowing his views doesn't mean I suddenly don't like those books. I plan to see Ender's Game and I hope it's good. I also hope that OSC will one day see that the full inclusion of gay Americans into our society will strengthen that society and not weaken it.
LordoftheThrones26 - 7/8/2013, 6:44 PM
You said bro!
thenerdicon4 - 7/8/2013, 6:45 PM
There is a difference between disagreeing with gay marriage and trying to legitimately stop it. That is what a lot of politicians want to do. Research please. Orson Scott Card is a member of a board that is trying to stop gay marriage. Supporting anything he does with money gives them more money. So in turn you are helping him try to stop gay marriage. By the way is it intolerant to dislike people who hate black people and dont want interracial marriage to be legal? No. It isn't intolerance when the proponant is trying to STOP something. Say the government wants to pass a bill that would stop women from being able to drive. Some people believe women aren't good drivers tha Now, if they pass this law and people agree, is it bad to call them sexist? NO. Because they are. Just because you disagree with something doesn't mean you have a right to ban it or try to stop it. I am gonna laugh, in 20 years at the intolerance of this age.

By the way, Gay marriage hurts NO ONE. Although i could have sworn i saw on fox the other day after DOMA was shut down that a portal to hell opened up and swallowed California. The hell portal gets bigger with each gay marriage, OH NO! ITS AT MY HOUSE HELP MEH JEZUZ.
Luigi - 7/8/2013, 6:47 PM
I was wondering why this guy was getting a free pass + millions while Paula deens career and life were ruined because of what she said once.
gaikinger - 7/8/2013, 6:47 PM
Boycotts are gay.
thenerdicon4 - 7/8/2013, 6:49 PM
@Batman1216 You know what I hate? When religious people force their beliefs and ideas and are the first ones to pickett when someone doesnt agree with their agenda. I hate how they shove their god in my face. And when i tell them I am an atheist they get all pissed off and call me a heathen and shut me down.
They hate being persecuted by "liberal and godless america" but will persecute and pass laws based solely on their religous values. Guh. so annoying.
Liverpool4life - 7/8/2013, 6:54 PM
Tolerance is a two-way street. The label homophobic can and is used to denigrate honest people who disagree with a particular lifestyle, just as people who use slurs against gays are denigrating honest people who live that particular lifestyle.
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