Contention has erupted at Comic Con over the anti-gay views held by Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card. The film’s production company, Lionsgate, is doing what it can to ease a distance between itself and the author but still maintain a level of excitement about the film. Read the full article by The Guardian here.
At the risk of sounding a bit preachy, I want to remind us of what has happened for the gay community in the United States in the past few months:
1. The Supreme Court heard a case about California’s Prop 8.
2. Said case brought up a lot of anger and bitterness and homophobia throughout the country.
3. The Supreme Court ruled on said case and effectively made marriage open to all couples in the state of California, no matter sexual orientation.
So, one battle has been won, but as Orson Scott Card has shown us, it’s not over. There is still anger; there is still fear. Now, in a country where we have “free speech” this presents us with an interesting dilemma: do we still support and/or exceptional work of an author/actor/public figure even if they have ideals that we do not share? In other words, should we still buy and read a good book if it is written by an asshole (pardon my language)? How much should our knowledge of the author influence our feelings about the work?
So, knowing that Orson Scott Card is a homophobe, should we still go see Ender’s Game? When it comes to our entertainment, how much should our morality influence us?
Just some philosophical thoughts of a non-attendee of Comic Con.
- ‘Ender’s Game’ TV spot features alien battle scenes in space (musingsofamildmanneredman.com)
- Trailer Watch – Ender’s Game (comparativegeeks.wordpress.com)
- Ender’s Game author compares Obama to Hitler (theguardian.com)