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UPDATE – MILK Oscar Winner Dustin Lance Black Punks Out of Ender’s Game Boycott

Dustin Lance Black gutlerss wonder

MILK scribe and Oscar winner openly gay Dustin Lance Black says he won’t participate in the boycott of Ender’s Game.

Via the New York Times:

Not every advocate of gay equality and same-sex marriage is convinced that turning away from “Ender’s Game,” which cost about $110 million to make, is the best way to counter Mr. Card. “No way am I boycotting,” said Dustin Lance Black, who in 2009 won an Oscar for writing “Milk,” about the gay activist Harvey Milk, and who campaigned against California’s Proposition 8, which sought to ban gay marriage. Speaking from London on Wednesday, Mr. Black — who, like Mr. Card, comes from a Mormon family — said he would rather engage with, than shut out, political and cultural adversaries. “We haven’t been getting the numbers we’ve seen by disengaging,” Mr. Black said, referring to a rise in public acceptance of same-sex marriage and other measures of gay equality.

Short translation:  I am not going to torpedo my career by endorsing a boycott of a major studio’s producer

A gutless, craven move by Black.  If he is afraid for his career, he should just keep quiet.

I’m sure Harvey Milk is looking down from heaven deeply and disappointed

Black has also made a post on his Facebook page  – Please feel free to visit and let DLB know how you feel about his stance.

UPDATE – DLB has removed his Facebook post as of 8pm EST due to many negative comments on his “stand”

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

GLAAD meh

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.

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Lionsgate Responds to Ender’s Game Boycott: We’ll Give You Money If You Shut Up.

Lionsgate Orson Scott Card

With just six days remaining  until Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment brings its new big budget sci-fi franchise Ender’s Game to Comic-Con, the studio has been keeping quite about controversy surrounding it’s anti-gay author Orson Scott Card.  That is until now.

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.” – Lionsgate official release.

So the fact that Card has made and will make in the end estimated millions of dollars between the story rights, distribution rights, and his box office percentage through Lions Gate and Summit Entertainment that he will use to help fund and push anti-LGBT civil rights campaigns is so totally “irrelevant” to Lionsgate not even worth thinking about .  And so is the fact that Card sits on the board and donates money to the National Organization for Marriage, calls gays pederast, wants us thrown in jail, and has threatened to over throw the Government over LGBT civil rights ALL of this to Lionsgate is totally “irrelevant” except for the “story” of Ender’s Game itself which ironically has to do with the blind intolerance of a species to another because they are different and thier want and quest to destroy them.

So how in the end how do the geniuses at Lionsgate attempt to handle this? (Even though it is irrelevant)

They want to host a benefit premiere for the LGBT community for “Ender’s Game.”

Lisa Derrick of LA FIGA over at FireDogLake sums it up nicely.

REALLY? Come see this movie based on works by a man who hates you, and let us throw dollars to staunch the pain that his words and deeds, that his money donated to campaigns against you has caused.   And then maybe you’ll tell all your friends it’s a good movie and we can make some money back off this PR nightmare. Because everyone has a price.

Fuck you, Lionsgate.

ANY LGBT Organization that gets involved with a benefit and sells out for money. (And yes I am talking to you HRC and GLAAD.) really needs to really rethink it.  Because it will create a PR nightmare from which they may never recover.

That’s just fair warning.

Maggie Gallagher: Boycotting NOM Leader Orson Scott Card’s Movie “Enders Game” Is “McCarthyism”

Maggie Gallagher bloated

“Gay marriage advocates are trying to build up a boycott of Ender’s Game because of Orson Scott Card’s personal views on marriage. It seems very strange to me that so many artists and people on the left are supporting the idea that to make art in the mainstream you have to have the right political opinions. This used to be considered the heart of McCarthyism: loyalty oaths for filmmakers as the condition forworking in the film industry. (These were imposed by the industry, not the government, remember, in response to public pressure). I suspect this boycott will be a failure, like the boycott of Card’s video game and like the Chick-fil-A boycott, because most of the public is more concerned with questions such as whether those waffle fries are banging or not.”.

So says Moogie   Maggie Gallagher, writing for the National Review  and just happens to be the ex-head of the National Organization for Marriage which Card sat on the Board of and donated countess amounts of money and time to so they could promote their anti-gay rhetoric and hate.

As was commented on Gallagher’s ridiculous blog  is the fact that the right has called for boycotts of these companies for their support of same-sex marriage alone on companies such as:

  • Adobe
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CBS
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Intel
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Levi Strauss
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Microsoft
  • Nike
  • Starbucks
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Twitter
  • Viacom
  • Walt Disney Company
  • Xerox
  • Zynga

But the real hypocrisy in her post is that Gallagher’s own organization The National Organization for Marriage  recently started the “Dump Starbucks” And “Dump General Mills” boycotts because both companies support civil rights for LGBT people.

And what the hell does banging waffle fries have to do with anything? I’ don’t think there’s a verse in Leviticus that says this is an abomination.

But leave it to Maggie to bring food into everything.  After all her it now seems that her weight problem might be caused by the two mouths that she has to to go with her two faces.

 

 

Famed Star Trek and Sci-Fi Writer David Gerrold Slams Orson Scott Card Over “Tolerance” Beg

David Gerrold

“Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984. With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state. Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.” –– Orson Scott Card.

“Puh-leeze.

After twenty years of despicably virulent homophobia … no. This is just another detestable characterization of LGBT people — that we are intolerant.

Intolerant? Of people who want to lock us up, put us in concentration camps, deny us our civil rights? Intolerant? Are you fucking kidding me?

You want me to be tolerant, Scott? First be one of those people who understands. Or to put it bluntly — get your fucking foot off my neck, then we’ll talk tolerance.

See, Scott — I don’t dislike you. I honestly don’t. I think you’re a very interesting author and you’ve turned out some works I admire. But you’ve made PR Mistake Number One. You’ve sided with hate-mongers. You’ve targeted a minority and you’ve characterized yourself as the righteous warrior. That gives you a short-term gain and a long-term loss. Look up Father Coughlin and Anita Bryant and Kirk Cameron.

Now you’ve made PR Mistake Number Two — instead of honestly and sincerely apologizing for the hurt you have caused others, you have doubled down. You have played the martyr card, arguing that you are the victim.

What this demonstrates is that you have no idea of what the issue really is. It’s about the 1138 rights, privileges, benefits, and obligations attendant to the civil contract of marriage. It’s about social security benefits and inheritance and child custody and joint taxation and deathbed decisions and hospital visitation and adoption and community property and all the other things that you and your wife take for granted. It’s about equality in the eyes of the law.

This is the goal that women set out to achieve when they first demanded the right to vote. This is the goal that Dr. Martin Luther King set out to achieve for African-Americans and other minorities when he started the Montgomery bus boycott. This is the goal that Harvey Milk set out to achieve when he opposed CA’s Prop 6 and when he ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Our nation was founded on the idea that “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (people) are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights — and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Your public statements, Orson Scott Card, put you on the wrong side of that declaration. Until you recognize that your public utterances have been at the service of bigotry and prejudice, there can be no redemption for you in the eyes of the LGBT community. Or anyone else, for that matter.”

The above was written and posted by openly gay and famed science fiction writer David Gerrold on his Facebook page.

Gerrold is best known for his scripts for the popular original Star Trek series notably the episode “The Trouble With Tribbles“, for creating the Sleestak race on the TV series Land of the Lost, and for his novelette The Martian Child,.

Anti-Gay ENDER’S GAME Writer Orson Scott Card Not Invited To Comic-Con – Boycott Begins

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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

Said Card:

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.

 

 

Science Fiction Writer and NOM Board Member Orson Scott Card: Being Gay Is A “Reproductive Dysfunction”

“The left is at war with the family, and they want control of our children’s education. That’s what those signs on the lawns are about. I’m not making this up – it’s already happening wherever the left has complete control of education. Parents in those places are already forbidden to opt out of sexual and gender propaganda. And with the teachers’ unions absolutely under the control of the extreme left, don’t kid yourselves: Legalizing gay marriage will make the false claims of the gay lobby the established religion of the American school system.

“If there were even a shred of science behind the absurd claims about gender and sexuality coming from the left, there might be a case for allowing this to happen. But there is no science behind it. In fact, the scientific evidence we have points in the opposite direction: Same-sex attraction is not a strait jacket; people’s desires change over time; gay people still have choices; a reproductive dysfunction like same-sex attraction is not a death sentence for your DNA or for your desire to have a family in which children grow up with male and female parents to model appropriate gender roles.” – Science fiction author Orson Scott Card, writing for North Carolina’s Greensboro Times

For those of you who don’t know Orson Scott Card, he is the author of the novels Ender’s Game, Ender’s Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.

Ender’s Game,  Card’s Nebula- and Hugo Award-winning 1985 book is currently being made into a movie Directed by Gavin Hood  and will be starring the likes of Viola Davis, Abigail Bresslin, Harrison Ford and Sir Ben Kingsly and is being set up as the next major science fiction movie franchise hoping to rake in geek dollars.

Orson Scott Card who will be and is reaping millions of dollars from his books and the movie is also a card carrying LDS Mormon and also a NOM Board Member who has also called for Christians to overthrow the United States government should gay marriage become widely legal:

 “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.”

There is no case that can be made for Orson Scott Card, and the supposed separation of an artist from their work. Not only is Card a NOM Board Member who has written many homophobic screeds his extreme homophobia has infected his “creative” work as well. There was a recent controversy and protest when Card’s novel “Hamlet’s Father” was reprinted by a small collector’s press.

In Card’s retelling of Hamlet the old King was a gay pedophile who raped and molested Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, making them gay too (because in Card-world that’s how “it” happens) and also Horatio, who killed him for it. The ghost is lying to Hamlet about who murdered him in order to make him kill the new King (the good guy in this retelling) so he will be condemned to Hell and his father can rape him too because that’s just the kind of thing that gay people DO. “Welcome to Hell, my beautiful son. At last we’ll be together as I always longed for us to be.”

Think about that for a moment. What kind of mentality does it take to turn Hamlet into THAT?!

Boycott Orson Scott Cards books, and the movie Enders Game in March 2013 and ANYHTHING else that this despicable human being can profit off of.

Orson Scott Card is nothing more than a religious extremist homopobic bigot.

And a dangerous one at that.

Homophobic Sci-Fi Writer Orson Scott Card Rewrites “Hamlet” Backstory To Trash Gays

Hack science fiction writer, Mormon homophobe and National Organization for Marriage Board member Orsen Scott Card has done not commited the literary sin of rewritting one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces but has done so to further a hateful bigoted anti-homosexual agenda.

In his book Hamlet’s Father Card has gone over the deep end according to William Alexander at Rain Taxi book review  who writes:

(In Card’s book ) King Hamlet was an inadequate king because he was gay, an evil person because he was gay, and, ultimately, a demonic and ghostly father of lies who convinces young Hamlet to exact imaginary revenge on innocent people. The old king was actually murdered by Horatio, in revenge for molesting him as a young boy—along with Laertes, and Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern, thereby turning all of them gay. We learn that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are now “as fusty and peculiar as an old married couple. I pity the woman who tries to wed her way into that house.”

Hamlet is damned for all the needless death he inflicts, and Dead Gay Dad will now do gay things to him for the rest of eternity: “Welcome to Hell, my beautiful son. At last we’ll be together as I always longed for us to be.”

Card has some MAJOR Issues.

But whats most disturbing  is that so many middle grades curricula include Card’s ‘Ender’s Game’. It’s viewed as some sort of young adult  classic, rather than sub-Ayn Rand sci-fi for kids.  And now this homophobic anti-gay piece of trash.

The evil that men do lives after them …..  And Orsen Scott Cards will live forever