Ender’s Game target of boycott due to author’s anti-gay stance

Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game, an adapation of Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel, is the target of a new online boycott. LGBT group Geeks OUT has launched “Skip Ender’s Game,” a protest against the film because of its author’s past involvement against same-sex marriage. “Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys,” says a statement on the group’s website. “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.” Card has a history of publicly opposing the cause, including joining the National Organization for Marriage which helped establish Proposition 8. In a piece for The Mormon Times, Card argued that gay marriage “marks the end of democracy in America” and called its supporters, “mentally ill.” In addition to the online protest, Geeks OUT has plans for “Skip Ender’s Game” events in major U.S. cities such as Orlando, Seattle and New York City. ~Alfonso Espina

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  1. John Bilcox • July 8, 2013 @ 1:47 PM

    Not sure I give a damn what the authors politics are. I’ll make my call on this show based on its merits. I will however think of the author as a bigoted hick from here on out though if it makes the LGBT community happy.

  2. S.C. • July 8, 2013 @ 3:20 PM

    Ender’s Game is a movie based on a book about children soldiers in a futuristic society…doesn’t that say enough about the authors views on humanity??? Just because they pretty it up with special effects doesn’t make it any less disturbing…

  3. Andrea • July 8, 2013 @ 3:41 PM

    Trust the LGBT community to not let anyone else have any views that don’t agree with theirs. I wasn’t planning to see this movie, but I will now. Don’t censor this guy – you would scream bloody murder if anyone tried to censor any of you

  4. Sara • July 8, 2013 @ 4:13 PM

    Andrea, there is no censorship here. The author can say whatever he wants. Nobody is saying that he can’t. He just has to take responsibility for and face the consequences of his statements.

  5. Olive • July 9, 2013 @ 2:49 AM

    I am an LGBT member and I don’t care about what his views are, he can think whatever the hell he wants. HOWEVER, calling LGBT supporters “mentally ill” is taking it too far. I have less respect for him now for that comment and even though I won’t be boycotting the film, I had no interest in it before this so my decision is solidified.

  6. dude • July 9, 2013 @ 10:22 AM

    But the author has nothing to do with the movie. Boycott the book, don’t punish all those people who have nothing to do with this, that just want to make a good movie.

  7. Ursula • July 10, 2013 @ 12:31 AM

    I think that the author’s stance is small minded and outdated and I feel sorry for him. Any one who lives with that much hate and discrimination must be living in fear. However I feel that a boycott is not necessary because the film might still be good and we will never get anywhere in the way of progress if we start to act like this. I feel that the film should not be held accountable for the author’s 1950’s meat and potatoes view of how he thinks that the world should be. It’s only too bad he can’t catch up with the times

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