America is moving forward leaps and bounds when it comes to equal rights and, for the most part, Hollywood is on board. Stars like Naya Rivera and Kristen Bell regularly show their support for the LGBTQ community.
Orson Scott Card is one of the exceptions. He has controversial stances on homosexuality and is a card-carrying board member of the anti-gay group National Organization for Marriage, which he joined in 2009. He has been the center of negative attention before due to his anti-gay beliefs, and the writer is once again in the spotlight thanks to Geeks OUT; an online LGBTQ community of the geekiest and nerdiest fanboys and girls across the globe. The group is urging a boycott of the upcoming sci-fi film, Ender’s Game, which is based on Card’s famous 1985 novel of the same name.
Back in 2008, Card brought his opinions to the forefront with this lovely little blurb: “marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.” His orginization, The National Organization of Marriage, have been active supporters of California’s recently overturned Propositon 8.
It appears that Card is now realizing that his vocal opinions may not be the most brilliant career move:
“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.”
Card’s above comments spurned the campaign against him by Geeks OUT, “by pledging to skip Ender’s Game, we can send a clear and serious message to Card and those that do business with his brand of anti-gay activism — whatever he’s selling, we’re not buying. The queer geek community will not subsidize his fear-mongering and religious bullying. We will not pay him to demean, insult, and oppress us.”
They also note, “Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys.” The movie starring Oscar nominees Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld, is set to release this November.
Today’s lesson is as follows: while America is wonderful in that it allows us to form and voice our personal opinions, said opinons may come back to bite you in the ass. Oh, and do not piss off, mock, or taunt the gay community. They WILL get you.
Learn more about the Geeks OUT boycott on their website and check out the trailer for Ender’s Game and decide for yourself: