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Orson Scott Card responds to calls for boycott of Enders Game film with call for ‘tolerance’

Joseph McCormick July 9, 2013
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Orson Scott Card, the author of Enders Game, the science fiction novel on which an upcoming film was based, has responded to calls to boycott the film following accusations of homophobia, to ask for “tolerance”.

An online campaign is urging moviegoers to boycott the upcoming release of “Ender’s Game,” a big-budget Hollywood movie based on the work of a notoriously anti-gay novelist, who last year described same-sex attraction as a “reproductive dysfunction”.

In a statement sent to Entertainment Weekly, Mr Card called for “tolerance”, from supporters of equal marriage, and that despite his past opposition to equal marriage, that he hoped the boycott would not go ahead following the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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

The “Ender’s Game” author has been the subject controversy before, after it was revealed in February that the homophobic novelist was to be hired to write for DC Comics.

The Geek OUT website states: “Even as the film’s marketing campaign scrambles to distance the film from the author’s controversial reputation, Summit is angling Ender’s Game to be the next big sci-fi blockbuster.”

In March, the illustrator for DC Comics Chris Sprouse pulled out of an “Adventures of Superman” issue written by Mr Card and Aaron Johnston amid media criticism of Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay views.

In 2012, Mr Card referred to same-sex attraction as a “reproductive dysfunction” in a Rhinoceros Times opinion piece.

More information on “Skip Ender’s Game” can be found on the campaign’s official site.

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