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Geek OUT calls for Orson Scott Card boycott with “Skip Ender’s Game”

Update: Orson Scott Card responds to the boycott (bottom of the article).

Author Orson Scott Card’s views on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights has prompted the group Geek OUT to form an online protest of the movie based on his 1985 best-selling novel, “Ender’s Game,” which will be released in November.

Card, the great-great-grandson of Mormon icon Brigham Young, has been openly railing against what he calls “the homosexual agenda” for decades.

“Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society,” Card wrote in an article called, “The Hypocrites of Homosexuality,” in Sunstone Magazine, Feb. 1990.

In 2004, he penned an article in the Rhinoceros Times titled, “Homosexual ‘Marriage’ and Civilization,” where he says gays can marry a partner of the opposite sex, “So it is a flat lie to say that homosexuals are deprived of any civil right pertaining to marriage. To get those civil rights, all homosexuals have to do is find someone of the opposite sex willing to join them in marriage.” He also claimed that gays are the self-loathing victims of child abuse, who became gay “through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse.”

In 2008, he wrote an op-ed piece that was published across the country, including in the Deseret News, where he called gay marriage in Massachusetts and California the “end of democracy in America.”

“No matter how sexually attracted a man might be toward other men, or a woman toward other women, and no matter how close the bonds of affection and friendship might be within same-sex couples, there is no act of court or Congress that can make these relationships thesame as the coupling between a man and a woman,” he wrote. “This is a permanent fact of nature.”

“Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down,” he concluded.

He joined the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage in 2009 as a board member and lobbied for North Carolina’s anti-gay constitutional amendment in 2012, saying gay marriage, “will be the bludgeon [The Left] use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools.”

Summit is pushing Card’s “Ender’s Game” as the “next big sci-fi blockbuster,” potentially making an all-new fortune for Card, according to Geek OUT.

“Skip Ender’s Game is a call to action. Do NOT see this movie! 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 new website created for the boycott,, reads.

The group is asking people to “Sign the Skip Ender’s Game pledge and keep your money away from Orson Scott Card and anti-gay activists,” create conversation with friends and family about Card’s beliefs, create or attend Skip Ender’s Game events on the day of the movie’s release, and support marriage equality organizations with the money saved by not seeing the movie.

“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. The queer geek community will not subsidize his fear-mongering and religious bullying. We will not pay him to demean, insult, and oppress us.”

This is not the first time Card has been targeted for his anti-gay views. In March , illustrator Chris Sprouse opted out of an upcoming “Adventures of Superman” issue written by Card and Aaron Johnston amid media criticism of Card’s views.

“The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that’s something I wasn’t comfortable with,” Sprouse explained in a statement.

Card sent a statement to Entertainment Weekly in response to the boycott:

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.

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  1. I'm torn on this one. I'm a supporter of equal rights and agree that Card is guilty of grand scale bigotry, but I wonder if boycotting his work based on his personal leanings is good. After all, I would think poorly of someone who boycotted a business because the business owner is LGBT-friendly. Is a boycott of his work the same thing in reverse? It reminds me of the Chick-Fil-A fiasco a couple years back. Again, I'm torn. (I'm also worried that I might be rationalizing due to my love of Ender's Game…)

  2. I meet Orson back when I used to work on SLC Science Fiction conventions in the 70s and early 80s. He wasn't the rabid homophobe he is today. I suspect he has some issues that he masks by projecting his hatred out on others. While Ender is not in itself a homophobic work, Card's statements about our community in recent years are vile. I can forgive older science fiction authors for writing homophobic things in their earlier work. I can't and won't forgive someone who uses his minor celebrity to attack me and mine in the present day. Boycotting Ender sends a message and is another way for the community to flex its muscle. It's an important tool to use against opponents of equality in the same way we don't tolerate rampant racism or sexism on the part of public figures.

  3. Boycotts are tricky things. When you boycott based on one person, a lot of innocent people are hurt in the process. For example, people get mad at Mormons and boycott Utah tourism. Who was convinced to change their ways?

  4. I have been looking forward to an Ender's Game movie for a long time now. Unfortunately, since its author has become such a raving jackass, I don't want to give him any money. I will see it, when I can do so without one penny going out of my pocket into his.

  5. So what you're saying, Jon, is: I'll go see it. As long as someone else is paying for it, I'll put my support behind it. Sorry, but money is not the only way people support something. And you giving energy to it in any way actually classifies as support. Just so you're aware.

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