As much as Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment would like you to believe that the Orson Scott Card debacle and the upcoming boycott of Ender’s Game over his hateful and dangerous anti-gay rhetoric was just limited to the Ender’s Game panel at San Diego Comic-Con it was not.
It was the talk of Comic-Con and the issue was brought up in other panels as well — most notably at the spotlight panel on Kevin Keller the gay character from the Archie comics. When a fan asked Keller’s creator Dan Parent was asked whether or not his character would support the boycott, Parent responded by saying he wasn’t sure what Kevin would do, but he personally was not going to see the movie.
There is something that did happen at the Ender’s Game panel that has not been reported widely. As Robert Orci, Summit Entertainment, and Lionsgate continued to distance the film from the Card (who was purposely not invited as not to make it worse) at one point, in response to an audience question Orci tried to play down the size of the LGBT backlash, the real issue with Card as Producer, and the theme of the movie stating: “I would hate to see the efforts of all the people who made this movie thwarted for the less than 1% of the people behind the movie, particularly because the message of the book and the movie is tolerance, compassion and empathy.”
Of course that only happens after Ender violently destroys a different species called “buggers” due to his ignorance, hate and blind allegiance.
H/T to Patrick Yacco of Geek’s Out