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GLAAD Issues Statement Over Lionsgate’s ENDERS GAME Response, Does Not Join Boycott


It may have taken 2 weeks but  GLAAD, formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (they changed it because it was too gay ) has finally written about GeekOuts and the  LGBT Communities boycott against the upcoming sci-fi movie Ender’s Game which is written and being produced by the virulent homophobic and National Organization board member Orson Scott Card.

Yesterday Lionsgate finally released a statement over the boycott which read:

“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.”

(Host a benefit of Ender’s Game.  Are you fucking kidding me?)

Well after Lionsgate finally chimed int GLAAD finally broke it’s silence of the boycott by responding to LG’s statement..

“Lionsgate is right to repudiate Orson Scott Card and the National Organization for Marriage’s divisive and anti-LGBT tactics that make NOM a toxic organization, with which no fair-minded company or individual would align. At a time when well-funded activist organizations like NOM inflict harm on countless American families, corporate America and the entertainment industry are increasingly supporting efforts lead by the LGBT community to work against their anti-LGBT agenda.”Rich Ferraro

That all.  No standing up and officially supporting the boycott of course.  Just props to Lionsgate for “repudiating” it.

Whats absolutely amazing about Ferraro’s statement is he compliments them for saying something against the National Organiztion for Marriage but nothing about Cards profits that will come from the film to further thier cause while adding that  “the entertainment industry are increasingly supporting efforts lead by the LGBT community to work against their anti-LGBT agenda.”

So  Rich how  is Lionsgate doing this with Ender’s Game does their damage control statement actually help anyone?

By making a statement when Card stands to make millions that he will put back into the anti-LGBT civil rights effort?  By throwing a benefit that might make a few thousand dollars that I am sure which that  GLAAD has already been on the phone to them  so they could benefit from it despite the fact that they have done nothing.

And while GLAAD would not “officially” stand with the boycott it did provide a link to the Geek’s Out petition but it did also add that they had checked the “script” and found nothing homophobic about it.   Which was their way of  not getting involved and perhaps pissing off Lionsgate or the LGBT community.

Well I for one am pissed off that pnce again GLAAD will not make a stand.

Maybe.  Just maybe.  If GLAAD would finally step up to the plate and show some fight instead of playing its passive aggressive game of playing both sides against the middle as to not upset anyone in hopes of getting sponsorship’s and donations down the line they might be in a better financial shape and less irrelevant than they are today.





Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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