‘Ender’s Game’ author: Where’s ‘tolerance’ now?

Over the years, “Ender’s Game” author Orson Scott Card has written screed after screed railing against gay marriage. Here’s just a selection: In 1990, he wrote an essay defending a Georgia law against sodomy, even in private. In 2004, he argued that gays have the legal right to marry, just not each other. In 2008, he published a long article arguing that homosexuality is a mental illness and a dysfunction, and that gay marriage would spell the end of democracy in the U.S. In 2012, he argued incorrectly, at least in the U.S. that no laws remained that discriminated against gay people.

In response to this well-documented history, queer geek organization Geeks Out called for a boycott of the upcoming sci-fi film “Ender’s Game,” which is based on Card’s 1985 book, a mainstay of geek teen libraries since its release. “Stand against anti-gay activism and deny Orson Scott Card your financial support by pledging to skip Ender’s Game,” Geeks Out said.

In response, Orson Scott Card recently released a statement to Entertainment Weekly to dismiss the boycott’s position, arguing that the book itself makes no mention of gay rights, and besides, since the Supreme Court recently struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the battle is over (it’s not)…’ (CNET).

One thought on “‘Ender’s Game’ author: Where’s ‘tolerance’ now?

  1. I’ve always tried to appreciate an artist’s work on its own merit apart from any aspects of the artist as human being that I found distasteful. Of late, I’ve had more success doing that with dead artists than with live ones.

    For example, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg is one of my favorite operas despite the fact that Wagner had an anti-semitic streak and the opera was a particular favorite of the Nazis for it’s promotion of German nationalism and for the character of Beckmesser whom they thought was a perfect depiction of all they hated about Jews.

    I’ve been a big fan of Card in the past. I think he writes compelling flawed characters with great truth and tells wonderful stories. I’ve never really worshiped Ender’s Game itself, but the first three sequels, “Speaker for the Dead”, “Xenocide”, and “Children of the Mind” tell an amazing story of redemption and forgiveness that I truly love.

    Nonetheless, I’ve stopped buying his books and have no intention of seeing this movie. I’ve decided I have to draw the line at giving money to a living artist who will turn around and use it to support hatred and discrimination aimed at me and those I love.


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