An Ender's Game Boycott Will Happen in Dallas. Are Your Morals Blockbuster Strong?

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Can you truly separate an artist from his art? Arguments from either side of the question grow inflamed in the case of Orson Scott Card. The author of the much-loved Ender's Game has done everything possible to submarine the film adaptation's upcoming box office release -- which is a nice way to say that he's really ramped-up his bigoted fuckery over the last few months.

Card, a long-time opponent of same-sex marriage, has spent more than a decade trying to paint homosexuality as some closet monster, while taking sporadic breaks to call President Obama "Hitler," attack Michelle Obama's role in the White House and to warn us about militarized gangs of urban youths.

It being 2013 and not 1953, Card's stances are blowing back on him. His potential run as a writer on DC comic's "The Adventures of Superman" was met with immense scrutiny, including local comic retailer Zeus Comics refusing to carry any Card-penned issues. Under the tide of petitions, protest and Superman's own artist leaving the project, DC finally removed Card from the storyline.

See also: Zeus Comics Will Not Carry Orson Scott Card's "Adventures of Superman," Issue One

Not content with just that victory, Geeks Out -- a pro-LGBT online group that provides LGBT-friendly events and booths at conventions -- has organized a protest against the film adaptation of Card's Ender's Game.

Skip-Ender's Game is a multi-city event that urges supporters of LGBT rights to boycott the premiere weekend of Ender's Game and attend alternative events that are not only LGBT friendly, but anti-hate in general. The Dallas edition of the protest will take place at the historic Texas Theatre where a special showing of The Fifth Element will highlight a night of community, music and cocktails.

Along with showing that you won't stand for intolerance, attendees will be glad to know that all proceeds from the screening go to New Youth Program at The Resource Center Dallas.


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jamessavik
jamessavik

I am gay and I'm going.

People ask a lot with boycotts. Give up Chick Fillet? Err... OK. Give up a movie you've waited 20 years to see? I don't think so.

I am boycotting asparagus instead.


yesdnilw
yesdnilw

I can't wait to see this film.

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

Good, I'll be sure to watch the film.   So who is behaving like a bigot?  Should people not go to an Elton John concert because they do not approve of homosexual marriage?  How about Jody Foster flicks?  I can expect your right to have an opinion different from mine without boycotting people with the opposing opinion.  Ender's Game is a great book.  If you want to behave like a bigot and boycott it, well it is your loss.  I am sure Card won't notice you while he is raking in the dollars.

rincru
rincru

I've loved this book since Junior High.  So hard to figure out how someone could write such an empathetic figure as Ender Wiggins, create love and understanding about an alien bug race, and still be such a hater.  Major cognitive dissonance.  Love the book,but not a fan of the sinner who wrote it (Card).

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

The Fifth Element?

Worst. Movie. Space Aliens. Evar.

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@roadsidecouch I think you have a different dictionary than I do, because boycotting the hate speech behind an author/artist doesn't make someone a bigot. Not supporting someone financially  who openly ridicules and degrades minority groups is an individual's right, not slander.

J_A_
J_A_

Multi-pass? Multi-pass! MULTI PASS

J_A_
J_A_

At least she looked ridiculously hot

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