Erika Rivera Staff Writer
DC Comics, the company that took a giant step in the movement for acceptance and equality by giving the world a gay Green Lantern, has commissioned Orson Scott Card, a notorious homophobe and science fiction writer, to pen its latest non-canon digital-first Superman title, according to the DailyDot.com, a move that giving off serious mixed messages.
Card is most known for his 1985 sci-fi novel Ender’s Game and has since been become even more well known for his prominent anti-gay stance. He wrote a denunciation of gay marriage titled “Homosexual Marriage and Civilization “ back in 2004, which has been called by some as a work “built around a spectacular twist of logic that recalls anti-civil rights arguments from the 1960s.”
Card is a Mormon, a group that is known for its significant funding for the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-gay marriage group who lobbied for the passing of California’s Prop 8 and whom Card joined in 2009.
There have been many fans of DC comics who have been livid about the hiring of Card to pen the new Superman work. Fans have organized a petition to “Drop Orson Scott Card”, which has over 8,000 signatures so far. There are others who are calling the petition to sack Card from this project a bit problematic. Rich Johnston from Bleeding Cool and Dale Lazarov, a gay comic writer, both seem to think that by “asking for workplace discrimination for any reason is counterproductive for those who want to end discrimination.”
As it stands right now, there is much profit to be made from this move. Only time will tell if this particular hiring decision from DC Comics will backfire on them. Orson Scott Card is a money-maker. The Ender’s Game series is considered to be a classic (I have read it; this nerd loves them) and a feature film based on the first book starring Harrison Ford is being released later on this year.