'Ender's Game' movie gets an unwanted plot twist
The sci-fi film due out this fall is caught in a furor over the anti-gay views of the original book's author.
But now it's looking as if the toughest part of that difficult voyage might play out over the next few months.
That's because critics are urging a boycott of the movie to protest its author's controversial political views. Orson Scott Card, a Mormon and descendent of Brigham Young, has opposed same-sex marriage and made statements urging that "laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books."
It's not the first time Card's views have led to problems. Artist Chris Sprouse earlier this year quit a DC Comics Superman project amid growing fan concern about the writer's political beliefs.
A group called Geeks OUT is asking would-be moviegoers to pledge to skip "Ender's Game" as a "a clear and serious message to Card and those that do business with his brand of anti-gay activism."
That prompted the movie's own studio, Lionsgate (LGF), to distance itself from Card, issuing a statement on Friday that the company is "proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years." The studio added that it "obviously" doesn't agree "with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage," a group Card has been involved with that opposes same-sex marriage, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Complicating the issue is that GLAAD, an advocacy group for gay rights, said it reviewed an earlier copy of the script, and said it found "to our knowledge, there is no anti-gay content in the film."
The growing stigma surrounding the project might leave moviegoers with a "a vague sense that this is a movie about gay-bashing," notes science-fiction site io9.
That just might add to the difficulties of getting bodies to fill theater seats, given that some science-fiction films (think Walt Disney's (DIS) "John Carter" and "Mars Needs Moms") have proved tough sells even without any controversies complicating the situation.
Follow Aimee Picchi on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.
As a conservative, if I didn't go to movies or listen to music made by those with whom I disagree, I would not watch any movies or listen to any music. However, I choose to keep an open mind and enjoy the artistic works of those I disagree with.
It is amazing how liberals are always trying to silence conservatives they disagree with while claiming to keep an open mind.
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