Less than a week before the “Ender’s Game” movie makes its Comic-Con appearance, Lionsgate it trying to diffuse any controversy surrounding the author of the book. Orson Scott Card has gone on the record in the past, sharing his anti-same-sex marriage stance.
The studio released a statement, calling Card’s views on the matter “completely irrelevant” to the movie and reaffirms that they do not share his opinions. The full statement is below:
“As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from ‘Gods and Monsters’ to ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of ‘Ender’s Game’. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. 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’.”
The statement comes after the group Geeks Out began organizing a boycott of the film. Card himself gave a statement on July 8, calling the issue “moot” after DOMA and Prop 8 were struck down.
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