The Hypocrisy of Tolerance: Does Boycotting Ender’s Game Really Fight Orson Scott Card’s Bigotry?
Geek Outsider is publishing another opinion piece of mine. This time it’s on the recent movement to boycott the Ender’s Game movie because of Orson Scott Card’s vocal stance on homosexuality and gay marriage. Here’s an excerpt…
The geekier news sites have been abuzz this week with moral outrage and boycotts. But unusually, it isn’t conservative America doing the boycotting. Geeks are banding together to boycott the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic, Ender’s Game. See, Card is vocally opposed to gay marriage. He’s a card-carrying (har har) member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is a frequent contributor to a variety of conservative publications, including the Rhinoceros Times, and Sunstone. In articles for these publications, he has advocated bans on gay marriage and called for the destruction of governments that threaten his definition of marriage or the role it plays in society. He is on the board of directors of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), one of the key groups opposing gay rights on a national level and a major player in the events of Proposition 8.
In light of all this, it makes sense that organizations, like Geeks Out, would call for boycotts of the Ender’s Game movie. But I can’t help but wonder at the ethics of attempting to silence (or punish) an individual for his personal beliefs. This isn’t the first time Card has come under fire for his stance on homosexuality. Earlier this year he was essentially fired by DC Comics, who had tapped him to guest write a few issues of the Adventures of Superman book, when his assigned artist, Chris Sprouse, left the project. Card’s issues were put on ‘indefinite hold’ and were ultimately replaced with new stories written by Jeff Parker.
Now, I can’t really object to DC’s final decision on this matter. If Card, or even just the idea of Card, was driving away artists, there really wasn’t any other choice but to fire him. But the underlying motivations of activist groups and comic book fans in this case are a little suspect.
The rest of the article is up at Geek Outsider. If anyone has strong feelings on this subject, I’d love to chat. Leave me a note in the comments.