Published On: Mon, Jul 8th, 2013

Gay activists organize ‘Ender’s Game’ protest to boycott Orson Scott Card and his traditional marriage stance

Author Orson Scott Card is under fire, once again, over his conservative views on homosexuality.

Gay activists, angry over his opposition to same-sex unions, are boycotting a feature film rendition of his popular book Ender’s Game.

enders-game-posterLaunching a full-out boycott, Geek Out, a gay rights group, has assembled SkipEndersGame.com, a website completely devoted to convincing citizens to ignore Card’s film. And the organization is starting its efforts months before the movie hits the big screen.

“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, potentially making an all-new fortune for [National Organization for Marriage] board member Card.”

The website asks supporters to skip the movie,SkipEndersGame.com and instructs citizens to also avoid purchasing merchandise associated with the film.

“Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand,” the text reads. “Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.”

Card was center stage on his traditional marriage stance while working on Superman at DC Comics. This controversy caused the comics to be delayed.

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  1. Director Gavin Hood talks Orson Scott Card’s stance on gay marriage, ‘Ender’s Game’ themes and the boycott - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] protest and boycott comes after Card’s history of speaking out against gay marriage and that traditional one man and […]

  2. Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    The first time I had ever heard of Orson Scott Card was when I read his short story, “A Thousand Deaths,” in the long-defunct Omni magazine. I later read the first four of his Ender Wiggin books, and a slogged through all five books in his Homecoming series, though becoming a bit puzzled by the Mormon imagery toward the end.

    It was only later that I found out what rabid disdain Card had for Gay people. And trust me, I did my research. The utterly nasty things he’s had to say about the LGBT community, coupled with the fact that he’s a board member of the very anti-Gay National Organization for Marriage, tells me all I need to know. I regret that I’ve thrown so much money at him in the past. I will not do so anymore. I’m skipping the film version of “Ender’s Game.”

    Mr. Card has every right to express his anti-Gay vitriol, just as the rest of us have the right to call him out on it. But I have no doubt that conservative Christian churches will still bring their congregations to the theater by the BUSLOAD to support this movie.

    Of course, if Orson Scott Card now thinks the issue of marriage equality for law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples is “moot,” I suppose he’ll just resign from his position as a board member of the National Organization for Marriage. But no, I don’t think that will happen.

  3. 'Ender's Game' author Orson Scott Card responds to critics: The gay marriage ... - Entertainment Weekly - News Wire says:

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