November’s would-be blockbuster “Ender’s Game” has been making headlines a lot recently, but unfortunately not for normal movie PR reasons. The sci-fi film, adapted from Orson Scott Card‘s 1985 novel and starring Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld, has been under fire as a result of Card’s outspoken stance against gay marriage.
In response to critics as well as a growing fan base planning to boycott his film entirely, Card released a statement to EW declaring the gay-marriage issue “moot” in light of the recent Supreme Court rulings.
Here is Card’s full statement:
“‘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.
“Orson Scott Card”
This isn’t the first time Card has made his anti-gay-marriage position known. In 2009, he joined the board of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex unions, as well as wrote a piece for the Mormon Times titled, “State job is not to redefine marriage,” and fans have already taken action against the author. Launched by Geeks OUT, an online petition, “Skip ‘Ender’s Game,'” asks LGBT rights supporters to “keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets” by boycotting “Ender’s Game” in theaters.
By refusing to see the film in theaters, buying the DVD, watching on-demand, and buying any merchandise associated with the movie, Geeks OUT plans to “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,” Geeks OUT writes.
“Ender’s Game” hits theaters Nov. 1. Will you see the film, or are you planning on joining the boycott against Card and his stance on same-sex marriage?