Geeks Out Campaign against Ender’s Game

Geeks OUT

The Geeks Out campaign to boycott the film Ender’s Game has gathered momentum over the months, and has led to a recent plea by the author, Orson Scott Card (OSC),  for tolerance, although he does not apologise.

Part of Mr.Card’s statement in reply to the boycott goes:

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.

Geeks Out responded to this statement yesterday(10th):
Tell families in 37 states where gay marriage is still illegal that it’s a “moot issue.” Tell citizens in Indiana, where it’s now a criminal act for same-sex couples even to apply for a marriage license. Tell that to the Virginians whose governor wants to recriminalize sodomy. I doubt very much children delegitimized and stigmatized by red-state legislatures across the country are kickin’ back with a cold drink to let historical inevitability do the work now that the Supreme Court has ruled on DOMA. […]
This plea for tolerance is perhaps a bridge too far, especially from someone who characterized gay marriage as “the bludgeon [The Left] use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools,” (2012). There’s nothing more democratic and tolerant than a consumer boycott, rooted in the ideas of free market accountability. Skip Ender’s Game is about doing what all of us do every day—use facts to determine who and what to support with our money.

According to Geeks Out,   Mr. Card, or OSC as he’s also known, is on the board of NOM (the National Organization for Marriage) in the US, and has actively campaigned to ban gay marriage. He has also made various statements over the years that appear more than a little homophobic in nature, such as, in 2004:

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.

It’s that desire for normality, that discontent with perpetual adolescent sexuality, that is at least partly behind this hunger for homosexual “marriage.”

The campaign, launched by Geeks Out, asks that supporters of gay marriage, and the LGBT community, should not go to see the film:

Geeks OUT has officially launched our Skip Ender’s Game campaign, wherein we’re bringing to light the often-overlooked bigoted and damaging anti-gay public comments made by Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card. The sci-fi legend is also a producer on this November’s big-screen adaptation of his most famous novel, and we’re encouraging our friends and allies to sign a pledge NOT to see the film.
This would be putting money into his hands to continue his anti-gay activities, which foster prejudice and hatred against the LGBT community.
And according to Salon.com, many of Card’s works are said to contain anti-gay subtext, for example:
Ender in ExileIn this book, as in several others, Card sets up a situation where civilization is in the early stages of formation, which means it’s largely dependant on high fertility rates and stable, monogamous heteronormativity. This sets the stage for Card to spend time rhapsodizing about the benefits of straight sex. Ad nauseum. “In between things actually happening it’s ALL lecturing about marriages and heterosexuality to the point of propaganda and driving me insane,” writes one Goodreads reviewer about the book.
According to GLAAD, in their Commentator Accountability Project, some of the facts about Card are as follows:

Facts

— Suggests married heterosexuals should work to overthrow a government that has marriage equality: “If America becomes a place where our children are taken from us by law and forced to attend schools where they are taught that cohabitation is as good as marriage, that motherhood doesn’t require a husband or father, and that homosexuality is as valid a choice as heterosexuality for their future lives, then why in the world should married people continue to accept the authority of such a government? What these dictator-judges do not seem to understand is that their authority extends only as far as people choose to obey them. How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, 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, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.”

Geeks Out end their response to OSC with:

No matter what happens with [the campaign] Skip Ender’s Game, American voters have already rejected Orson Scott Card’s and NOM’s extreme anti-gay agenda. Whether they’ll continue to fund it at the box office remains to be seen.

The film, Ender’s Game, is due for release on November lst, 2013, directed by Gavin Hood, and with Card co-producing. It is to star Asa Butterfield.

While the book and the Ender series have come in for criticism for the extreme violence and lack of Ender’s accountability for that violence,  the US Marines have it on their professional reading list for lower ranks,  and again at midshipman level.

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