For the benefit of those who don’t know, Ender’s Game was the first novel in the popular sci-fi series written by Orson Scott Card. Recently, it’s been turned into a film (finally) released this month, but already people are planning to boycott it. Why? Well, Orson Scott Card is a bit of a dick.
Unfortunately, Card actively campaigned against pretty much anything to do with gay rights and has not been shy when it comes to expressing his opinions on the matter. Although he recently stepped down as president of the anti same sex marriage group, the National Organization for Marriage, after calling the debate on the topic ‘moot’ due to two Supreme Court rulings in favour of gay marriage, his views have pissed off a lot of people, with the pro-LGBT group GLAAD calling for a boycott.
I won’t be joining them though. Yes, Card’s bigotry doesn’t exactly endear himself to me, but that’s not really what his books are about, and it’s not views shared by the actors or producers of this film. By seeing this film, I’m not supporting a hate campaign or agreeing with his views, I’m saying ‘I loved your book, and I’m hoping to love this film.’ Nothing more.
So if you’ve read the book and are wondering whether to see the film or not, don’t let your decision be swayed by the author’s opinions. Check the cast and directors, read the book if you haven’t already, re-read the book if you have, and decide whether you think this will be worth your money.
See you there