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Ender’s Game movie faces boycott over anti-gay author

Ender’s Game movie faces boycott over anti-gay author

An author’s anti-gay comments could potentially cost him money in the near future.

Orson Scott Card, author of Ender’s Game, is facing a boycott of a movie based on his book because of his anti-gay marriage stance.

The movie, which stars actors Ben Kinglsey, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin, follows a teenager sent to space to prepare for a future alien invasion. Card, who is also a board member of anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, wrote the book in 1985.

Though Ender’s Game has nothing to do directly with homosexuality, the author’s consistently anti-gay views have propelled members of the LGBT community to calling for a boycott of the film, due to his cinemas this November.

In a 1990 interview, he said: ‘Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.’

In response to the US Supreme Court ruling the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 unconstitutional, he said: ‘With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot.

‘The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.

A website SkipEndersGame.com has been launched to discourage people from giving their money to the film.

‘However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets,’ write the petition organizers online.

‘Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys.’

While the campaign has reportedly garnered thousands of signatures online, some high-profile LGBT public figures have called the boycott ‘misguided’.

Writer Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for writing biopic Milk based on gay rights activist Harvey Milk, said on his Facebook page: ‘Boycotting a movie made by 99% LGBT equality folks in an LGBT equality industry is a waste of our collective energy. Making one phone call to a relative in the south who isn’t quite there yet would be 1000 times more effective.

‘There’s so much good to be done right now.’

Lionsgate, the movie studio releasing the movie, released a statement this week distancing itself from Orson’s anti-gay views and encouraging viewers to still come see the film.

‘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 said they are ‘proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years’.

SkipEndersGame.com responded: ‘What’s clear is that whether or not they support his views, Lionsgate is standing by their man and their would-be blockbuster.

‘They made the common, perhaps cynical, calculation that audiences wouldn’t connect Ender’s Game with Card’s very public homophobia — or wouldn’t care. Geeks OUT appreciates that most American families work for every dollar and care deeply about where that money goes and what it supports.’

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