The Ender’s Game series has, over the years , become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed franchises in science fiction literature. However, its author’s political views are controversial to say the least.
Orson Scott Card has become almost as famous (or infamous) for his homophobia as he has for his novel writing. He has, in the past, advocated open rebellion and revolution against the federal government should gay marriage be legalized, and he is a board member of the ultra right-wing anti-marriage equality group: the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
Now if Card’s opinions were nothing more than a private matter with no bearing on his public life, then there would be no reason to object, but when an author uses his position, money, and fame to advance what many would call a hateful agenda, it becomes understandable that many in the public might seek to deny him revenue by boycotting his works.
Not long after the cinematic version of Ender’s Game was announced, Geeks OUT!, an organization which speaks for the LGBTF portion of the nerd community, started a boycott website against the film called Skip Ender’s Game.
In response, Card released this statement to Entertainment Weekly:
Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.
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.
Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.
Orson Scott Card
Personally, and I do NOT speak for Nerd Bastards here: I wouldn’t give the man a penny – and I’d actually have more respect for him if he’d stuck to his guns come hell or high water, instead of this half-assed attempt to minimize the issue away.