The Ryan Reynolds- Jeff Bridges big budget RIPD may have been DOA this weekend, but there are higher hopes for the next big science fiction blockbuster, Ender’s Game, due this fall… at least there were big hopes for it.
Based on an acclaimed 1985 science fiction bestseller and starring Harrison Ford and a host of other respected actors, this $150-million flick is about Earth’s future when the most talented youth are recruited to join the military to fight off the next alien invasion.
So what’s the problem? Well the flick may be the next Avengers (good, huge hit), or the next John Carter (bad, big flop), but either way I am not paying to see it… and apparently this is true for many of my gay brothers and sisters…. you know, those people with double incomes and no kids who pay full price to see new movies in the theatre (yes, I am generalizing, sue me). And this has the studio nervous.
The problem is Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card, who is, how shall we put this delicately, a hateful homophobic bigot. Oh, and is quite vocal about it… but doesn’t seem to understand why some people may not want to throw their hard-earned money at him or his products. Oops.
Gay groups are calling for a boycott of Ender’s Game. The studio at first ignored the buzz, but as it has built up, they issued a statement saying the author’ views weren’t theirs, and Harrison Ford himself is an advocate of marriage equality. The problem? Card has not renounced his views, and if this movie is a big hit, he will make money from it and from future sequels and spin-off’s. And let’s be clear — this guy is not just anti- gay marriage, he is anti-gay. Here are some of his writings:
The dark secret of homosexual society — the one that dares not speak its name — is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.
Already in several states, there are textbooks for children in the earliest grades that show “gay marriages” as normal. How long do you think it will be before such textbooks become mandatory — and parents have no way to opt out of having their children taught from them?
Mr. Card argued in the magazine Sunstone that laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books and be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society. He is on the board of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex unions.
Since the recent Supreme Court ruling, Card has said the gay marriage issue is “moot” and should not even be in play here… so he still wants the fame and money of a Hollywood blockbuster without addressing the hate issue at all… but there is marriage equality in only a dozen states, there is legal job and housing discrimination in many places, there is anti-gay violence all over the place, and you sir are a card-carrying member of the hateful NOM lobby group.
Equality is not moot, and while I do not usually believe in boycotts, and yes this one my backfire and cause haters to go see the damn movie, I do believe in spending my money with a conscience, and that is not moot here at all…