Ender’s Game: Comic-Con Panel, Filmmakers Discuss LGBT Issue: Basically “Please Don’t Boycott”
Last week, Orson Scott Card, a National Organization for Marriage board member and author of the popular Ender’s Game series, said his views on marriage were
because of the DOMA repeal. He said this because Geeks OUT! called for a boycott of the film version of his book. Card is one of the film’s producers. Producers stand to make money if the film is profitable. As a Mormon, Card tithes at least 10% of his income to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which actively opposes, and has repeatedly campaigned against, marriage equality.
Oh, and Card wrote in 2008 about marriage equality:
What these dictator-judges do not seem to understand is that their authority extends only as far as people choose to obey them.
How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, 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, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn. [emphasis mine]
So really, this guy is a homo-hatin’ seditionist. That’s a good reason not to give him money at the box office!
Lionsgate, the studio behind Ender’s Game, has tried to buy off the boycott by offering to have a premier party and donate the proceeds to a worthy cause (uh, they’d be having a premier anyway). So far, wisely, no LGBT org has stepped up to take the offer. At Comic-Con, the mega-geek fest where all good (and some bad) sci-fi films go for boosting, Summit, the film’s distributor, staged a mega presentation planned long before the Card controversy raised its ugly, bigoted head. Another of the film’s producers, Robert Orci was on the panel, as was director Gavin Hood. According to Variety:
When brought up during a Q&A session during Summit’s Comic-Con presentation for the film, Orci said, “The truth is you never want to court controversy, but we decided to use the attention on us to support Lionsgate’s statement of support of LGBT rights. So rather than shy away, we are happy to embrace it and use the spotlight to say we support LGBT rights.”
Hood backed up the producer, saying that the film has themes of “compassion” and “empathy” “and I hope I’ve delivered that” to the 6,000 filling the San Diego Convention Center’s massive Hall H.
In other words:
Please come see our movie even though some of the ticket price will go to support a guy who hates gays and wants to overthrow the government because marriage equality is now federal law.