Summit Entertainment is pulling out all the stops to promote its upcoming release Enders Game at Comic-Con this year including constructing an 8-room interactive Ender’s Game exhibit for fans in the heavily trafficked downtown Gaslamp district, But what Summit is not doing is iinviting Ender’s Game writer and despicable human being Orson Scott Card to Comic-Con in hopes of keeping down a backlash against the film due to Card’s virulently homophobic attacks on the LGBT Community.
Card and his work (both in fiction and as a board member of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage) have been at the center of a brewing controversy in the comics industry, which has been reaching the occasional mainstream news outlet, a fact which has not gone unnoticed by executives at the company in charge of a big-budget adaptation of the award winning young adult novel according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I don’t think you take him to any fanboy event,” says one studio executive. “This will definitely take away from their creative and their property.” Another executive sums up the general consensus: “Keep him out of the limelight as much as possible.”
Card’s status as a board member of the National Organization for Marriage,which works to prevent not only marriage equality but equal civil rights for LGBT Americans, has also expressed his views on gay marriage as worth overthrowing the government for, linked homosexuality with pedophilia, and has stated that he would wants laws that criminalize consensual homosexual sex
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, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.”
Summit must realize that issue is no only Cards homophobic views but its also his ACTIONS that are causing the problem. He donates his time and money to NOM, including sitting on its board of directors. And has publicly spread lies and propaganda about the LGBT community that has fueled hatred in order to try to turn people against them using his public pulpit.
Will hiding Card help save the 110 million dollar movie from potential backlash and boycott? Or will Summit have a PR disaster on its hands for buying the film rights for millions to which Card potentially used to promote anti-gay hatred.
Only time will tell.
*Geeks OUT has launched a campaign called Skip Ender’s Game, urging their fellow geeks to take responsibility for their box-office dollars and make sure that none of them end up in Card’s (or NOM’s) pockets.