LGBT group mounts campaign against Ender's Game movie

LGBT group Geeks OUT has launched a campaign to boycott the Hollywood adaptation of the YA sci-fi classic Ender's Game, because of the anti-gay views of author Orson Scott Card.

As you can see from the trailer above, the adaptation is getting a big-budget treatment replete with special effects and Hollywood stars. The movie, starring Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, and Ben Kingsley, isn't due out until November, but Geeks OUT is already putting the word out to avoid it.

"Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card's pockets," the group wrote on its Skip Ender's Game website.

The award-winning author is a political essayist and has publicly denounced same-sex marriage and homosexuality. He also joined the board of directors of the anti-gay marriage group the National Organization for Marriage in 2009.

Card responded to the protest against the Ender's Game film with a statement to Entertainment Weekly, saying that the story "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 ... 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." 

In March, a DC Comics illustrator left a new Superman series project in protest because the company had hired Card to be one of the guest writers.

A person involved with the upcoming film told the Hollywood Reporter in February that "Orson's politics are not reflective of the moviemakers. We're adapting a work, not a person. The work will stand on its own."

This raises an interesting question: can you, as a reader or viewer, separate an author's personal views from their work? Would their personal views be a factor in your enjoyment of the story? Let us know in the comments below.

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