If you like movies, this post is for you.
As you are probably aware thanks to the media explosion surrounding it, “Ender’s Game” is being released in theaters this week. The film is an adaptation of the Nebula- and Hugo-award winning novel of the same name that spawned over a dozen sequels, some of them excellent and some of them less than stellar.
“Ender’s Game” is a seminal book in the genre of science fiction and is responsible for bringing many new readers into the genre. The author, Orson Scott Card, displays extraordinary empathy for his characters throughout Ender’s Game and its sequels. This fact remains extraordinarily baffling to me, because Card publicly espouses views that are extremely, almost militantly, homophobic.
Card has for years campaigned very publicly against gay marriage and civil rights for gay and lesbian individuals, publishing numerous articles on his website and in newspapers arguing that gay marriage is an attack on traditional marriage and that homosexuals are attempting to undermine the social fabric of our country.
In spite of my admiration for the novel “Ender’s Game,” I will not be seeing the movie, because I cannot condone giving money to a man whose political views I find personally abhorrent.
Some have argued that it doesn’t matter, that Card has already made his money. However, I would point out that Card is raking in royalties on sales of his books right now thanks to the popularity and media blitz surrounding the movie. And should “Ender’s Game” do well, other books of Card’s will almost certainly be optioned, which means more money for Card.
Card is free to say what he wants and spend his money on the political causes he finds appropriate; likewise, I am free to spend my entertainment dollars where I choose. In this case, I can’t condone giving money to a man who is just as likely so spend it funding political causes that run 180 degrees counter to my own.