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Lionsgate Responds to ENDER’S GAME Author Orson Scott Card’s Anti-Gay Comments

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 12:04 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Ender’s Game should be one of this holiday’s biggest hits.  The sci-fi book tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills and, hopefully, save the world from an impending alien invasion.  Author, Orson Scott Card’s outspoken, anti-gay comments and opinions however have taken some of the spotlight away from what looks like a great film.  Card’s ridiculous, and misguided opinions aside, I came upon the book for the first time recently and fell absolutely in love with it.  Lionsgate has been quick to try and avoid a potential PR nightmare in numerous statements informing everyone that Mr. Card’s only involvement in the film was limited to writing the original source material.  They have stated emphatically the he did not work on the script and is not involved in the production in any way.  Lionsgate’s efforts appear to be in vain though as members of the LGBT community want to plan boycotts in an effort to inform you that even though Card is not involved in the film, you are supporting a misguided moron if you decide to see the movie.  Lionsgate released a statement to try and assuage the negativity.

enders-game-ben-kingsleyHere’s Lionsgate’s official statement:

“As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from GODS AND MONSTERS to THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and a Company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage.  However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of ENDER’S GAME.  The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form.  On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for ENDER’S GAME.”

I understand Lionsgate’s position, but I think Card’s views are far from irrelevant.  Will I see the movie?  Without a doubt, but I would not blame anyone who decided to boycott the film.  If the film succeeds so does the author.  Regardless of his involvement on the film, he will be well paid for his original work, and if Ender’s Game hits big, he will surely be well paid to adapt his other films.  The statement reeks of, “it’s cool, I know a ton of gay people”, but their offer of support and their willingness to speak on the subject deserves some respect.  It’s a shame that such an awesome story came from such a small minded idiot.

What do you think?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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Official synopsis for Ender’s Game:

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

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