Ender’s Game: Comic-Con Panel, Filmmakers Discuss LGBT Issue: Basically “Please Don’t Boycott”


Last week, Orson Scott Card, a National Organization for Marriage board member and author of the popular Ender’s Game series, said his views on marriage were


because of the DOMA repeal. He said this because Geeks OUT! called for a boycott of the film version of his book. Card is one of the film’s producers. Producers stand to make money if the film is profitable. As a Mormon, Card tithes at least 10% of his income to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which actively opposes, and has repeatedly campaigned against, marriage equality.

Oh, and Card wrote in 2008 about marriage equality:

What these dictator-judges do not seem to understand is that their authority extends only as far as people choose to obey them.

How long before married people answer the dictators thus: 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. [emphasis mine]

So really, this guy is a homo-hatin’ seditionist. That’s a good reason not to give him money at the box office!

Lionsgate, the studio behind Ender’s Game, has tried to buy off the boycott by offering to have a premier party and donate the proceeds to a worthy cause (uh, they’d be having a premier anyway). So far, wisely, no LGBT org has stepped up to take the offer. At Comic-Con, the mega-geek fest where all good (and some bad) sci-fi films go for boosting, Summit, the film’s distributor, staged a mega presentation planned long before the Card controversy raised its ugly, bigoted head. Another of the film’s producers, Robert Orci was on the panel, as was director Gavin Hood. According to Variety:

When brought up during a Q&A session during Summit’s Comic-Con presentation for the film, Orci said, “The truth is you never want to court controversy, but we decided to use the attention on us to support Lionsgate’s statement of support of LGBT rights. So rather than shy away, we are happy to embrace it and use the spotlight to say we support LGBT rights.”

Hood backed up the producer, saying that the film has themes of “compassion” and “empathy” “and I hope I’ve delivered that” to the 6,000 filling the San Diego Convention Center’s massive Hall H.

In other words:

Please come see our movie even though some of the ticket price will go to support a guy who hates gays and wants to overthrow the government because marriage equality is now federal law.

8 Responses to "Ender’s Game: Comic-Con Panel, Filmmakers Discuss LGBT Issue: Basically “Please Don’t Boycott”"
ThingsComeUndone | Friday July 19, 2013 06:30 am 1

You don’t think that the Mormon Elders like Mitt put up some of their own money to get the film made do you I have been reading that Conservatives have been trying to make films lately.
Is there anyway to find out who invested in a film?

ThingsComeUndone | Friday July 19, 2013 06:33 am 2

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,

Orson went from this to Moot? I’m thinking he invested his own money in the film to make a change that big. What is hollywood contract law about promoting a film, dissing your own film or heck maybe they got a morals clause so you can’t discredit your own film by your own actions publicly?

ThingsComeUndone | Friday July 19, 2013 06:40 am 3

So if the Government wants people to accept Gay Marriage no mention of forcing Orson to get a Gay Marriage himself Orson will act like the bill effects him personally and revolt.
But if Gay Marriage effects his wallet then Judas Orson sells out his violent Principles like Judas but for more than 13 pieces of silver?
Has Orson been reading Mitt’s bible?

ThingsComeUndone | Friday July 19, 2013 06:52 am 4

But on the bright side this film’s boycott will give Hollywood actual numbers of how influential the kids who go to Comic Con really are at telling their friends and parents whether to see any given film.
If this film bombs Hollywood will likely see this as evidence that any taint of anti gay is box office poison. They will also see this as evidence that Gay themed sci fy might have a bigger market than people think.
Sci Fi is thought to be mostly a guy thing teen age guy thing and they are not suppose to care much about the Gay.
If the film does not bomb then Comic Con might get less money because they can’t influence a film’s box office return like Hollywood thought. The media machine Hollywood used to promote a film will get more cash from the Comic Con budget.

onitgoes | Friday July 19, 2013 07:11 am 5

Thanks for letting me know about this, as I probably wouldn’t have known otherwise. Knowing that Card is on the producers of this film – which looked interesting – will influence my choice to NOT go to the movie. I will NOT support anything that goes to the Mormon Church, who were the prime movers behind getting Prop H8te passed in CA.


Mormons should do as they please personally, but they need to stay out of everyone else’s bedrooms. For an “church” that has such a bad record on child and female abuse, they have no place to tell anyone else what to do or how to lead their lives.

Kathy | Friday July 19, 2013 07:57 am 6

I’m not sure it’s ever moot to consider giving money to someone who will use it to oppress you.

Card is also disingenuous regrading the time period not pertaining to lgbt issues – of course they were. And – he updated the book in 1991 to reflect political changes re: the Soviet Union no longer existing. So – even if one were to agree on the ahistoricity argument – he’s not being very honest about changing political circumstances either.

ThingsComeUndone | Friday July 19, 2013 08:02 am 7

How much did this film cost to make if it bombs how much will lionsgate be hurt?

trademarkdave | Friday July 19, 2013 10:01 am 8

I look forward to seeing the DVD of “Ender’s Game” on the shelf at Dollar Tree next to “Atlas Shrugged” and “An American Carol”…

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