First the gay fandom organization Geeks Out! called for a boycott of ‘Ender’s Game’ based on author Orson Scott Card’s active anti-gay actions and statements. Then Card issued a response calling the gay marriage argument moot. Facing a possible public relations nightmare, Lionsgate has finally come forward, expressing their support of the LGBT community.
In a press statement released Friday, July 12, Lionsgate states:
“As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from GODS AND MONSTERS to THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and a Company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of ENDER’S GAME. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for ENDER’S GAME.”
The studio appears to be attempting to distance themselves from Card, omitting his name from the movie’s poster and he will not be promoting the film at Comic Con.
In my opinion, this is the pinnacle of first world problems. It takes minimal effort to not see a movie. But, honestly, once again this is just my opinion, seeing ‘Ender’s Game‘ doesn’t make you a bad person. If you feel strongly enough and want to boycott, more power to you. If you just have to see the movie, I get it.
How do you feel about the controversy? Should a creator’s political actions effect the reader/watcher’s enjoyment of their work? Feel free to comment below with your thoughts!