The film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Enders Game has been receiving much publicity lately, and not all has been positive. Card’s homophobic comments has many LGBT groups planning to boycott the otherwise highly anticipated film. His comments even has the film’s director speaking out, calling the authors homophobic comments “dreadfully ironic,” reports Hypable.
The director of the film adaptation, Gavin Hood, has attempted to separate the nature of the movie from Card’s controversial opinions. In an interview with The Advocate, he said “Orson wrote a book about compassion, and empathy, and yet he himself is struggling to see that his position in real life is really at odds with his art.”
Hood has been avidly trying to separate the message of the films from its authors unpopular opinions for good reason. This is because for many years readers have interpreted Enders Game’s protagonist as a gay teenager, reports Hypable. He spoke to the planned boycotts in saying, “I fully understand the position of those seeking a boycott. I really do,” and that “it’s so ironic that the themes and positions in the film are completely the opposite of what its author is now saying.”
Lionsgate has reacted to Cards statements and public retaliation by planning a premiere benefiting pro-LGBT causes. The studio released a statement that said:
“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.”
A boycott has been advocated by LGBT group Geeks OUT since Card made a statement in July about gay marriage, claiming it “moot.” Card did not partake in the films Comic-Con panel in July where exclusive footage of the film was unveiled.