Earlier this year science-fiction fans were elated to see the first footage from Ender’s Game, and now it’s like nobody wants to go near it. Due to the views on same-sex relationships and gay rights from Ender’s Game author, Orson Scott Card, the film has become a public relations disaster, with many fans looking to boycott the film. In the eyes of Lionsgate that is the kiss of death for their hopes of a future franchise hit.

In order to try to quell the fire Orson released a statement requesting we show tolerance to his intolerance, which only increased the call for more boycotts. For a multi-million dollar production like Ender’s Game that spells disaster and Lionsgate, the parent company of Summit Entertainment, have had enough of the controversy. Looking to distance themselves from the views of Card and referencing their own beliefs towards the LGBT community, the studio has released a statement of their very own.

How it will be received remains to be seen, but here’s a look at the full statement via Deadline:

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.

How does this make you feel? Will a future fundraiser in the form of a benefit premiere for the LGBT community help or hinder Lionsgate’s promotion of Ender’s Game? Should something more be done about Orson?

Ender’s Game is in theaters everywhere November 1st.

Source: /Film


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.

Source: Blastr