Ender’s Game: GLSEN to Honor Lionsgate, Studio Behind Orson Scott Card Movie

 

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is honoring Lionsgate, the studio behind Ender’s Game at their annual $,1000/ticket  Respect Awards in October. Disgusting. It’s shameful that GLSEN would do this, and looks really bad especially since Lionsgate responded to GeeksOut’st call to skip Ender’s Game by saying:

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.

I see what you did there. Gross.

Along with giving an award to Lionsgate, the Respect fundraiser for GLSEN will also honor Jim Parsons, Sheldon from the tv show, Big Bang Theory and his husband, designer Todd Spiewak (the newlyweds just founded a production company, That’s Wonderful Productions, and they are actively looking for projects, ranging from TV and movies to plays); and award winning producer and writer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (she was responsible creating Designing Women and wrote and directed all three of Bill Clinton’s Democratic Convention films, including the iconic Man from Hope, as well as the 2008 Democratic Convention film for then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton).

The work done by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network is important and impressive. With 36 chapters in 23 states, GLSEN works to make sure that every member of every school community is valued and respected, regardless of sexual identity, gender identity or gender expression. So why the flying monkeys are they lauding Lionsgate this year with their Chairman’s Award? Because presumably Lionsgate can sell tickets and get their stars to show up. Think The Hunger Games franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn—Part 2, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Tyler Perry’s Temptation, Warm Bodies, Perks of Being A Wallflower, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, The Cabin in the Woods, Mud and Arbitrage–and that’s just movies. They also produce 28 television shows on 20 different network,s including iconic brands such as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and recent hits such as Orange is the New Black, Anger Management and Nashville.

However, this year Lionsgate has stinky stench associated with it: Ender’s Game is based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, a homo-hatin’ card-carrying (ex?) board member of the National Organization for Marriage, and a staunch opponent of marriage equality who advocated for government overthrow should federal marriage equality be granted (now there’s a guy who needs an NSL!). Insiders suggest Card stands to make millions of dollars between the story rights, distribution rights, and his box office percentage through Lionsgate and their partner Summit Entertainment.

Julia Marella of Slate PR, a public relations firm based in Hollywood, CA, replied to Back2Stonewall’s query to GLSEN’s involvement with Lionsgate:

Lionsgate has a long and rich history of creating LGBT-inclusive and affirming films. The studio has also been an industry leader in ensuring workplace protections and benefits for LGBT people. When Lionsgate acquired Summit Entertainment last year, the company inherited its library of current projects, including Ender’s Game. Though GLSEN flatly rejects book author Orson Scott Card’s support for the discrimination of LGBT people, we stand behind Lionsgate’s similar rejection of Card’s personal beliefs and its long-standing commitment to support the LGBT community.

If GLSEN, which counts Kyra Sedgwick as a board member, wasn’t an organization involved with kids, I would use some very strong language about selling oneself. Interestingly, when Back2Stonewall contacted  GLSEN’s  press person, Andy Marra about Lionsgate, it was Slate Public Relations, one of the heaviest hitters in Hollywood that  responded, and Hollywood publicists are  not cheap, they start at about $4,500/month.  In the past, Slate handled the PR for the 2013 Tony Awards and the 2013 Emmys. Basically, if you buy a table (1oK) you’ll be covering the publicist’s fees.

Ender’s Game opens November 1. Patrick Yacco of Geeks Out emailed me about the Respect fundraiser, Lionsgate and Ender’s Game:

Until Lionsgate and their subsidiaries are more transparent about their production deal with homophobic activist Orson Scott Card for the rights to Ender’s Game, it’s difficult to see them as deserving of such an award.  Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that those details will ever be revealed, so I feel that LGBT fans have few options to support that film, and should skip it when it’s released later this year.

But for now, shame on GLSEN for accepting this obvious pinkwashing. Shame, shame shame!

H/T: Back2Stonewall

9 Responses to "Ender’s Game: GLSEN to Honor Lionsgate, Studio Behind Orson Scott Card Movie"
dakine01 | Friday September 6, 2013 01:44 pm 1

Whores by any other name (although that may be an insult to honest prostitutes)


ThingsComeUndone | Friday September 6, 2013 07:49 pm 2

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is honoring Lionsgate, the studio behind Ender’s Game at their annual $,1000/ticket Respect Awards in October. Disgusting. It’s shameful that GLSEN would do this, and looks really bad especially since Lionsgate responded to GeeksOut’st call to skip Ender’s Game by saying:

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.

GLSEN got paid under the table LionsGate needs good publicity to make up for their mistake.


ThingsComeUndone | Friday September 6, 2013 07:57 pm 3

Why couldn’t LionsGate just cancel the film films get canceled all the time for a ton of reasons.
Whats the early buzz on this film will LionsGate spend a bunch of money promoting the film? If we accept the idea they could not cancel the film for financial reasons (they made a ton of cash off the Lord of the Ring) or legal reasons ( I doubt any movie company ever makes a contract they can’t break)
Then the question is will they promote the film heavy or let it be released straight to video?
They have options even if they are forced to make the film is all I am saying but are they using them?


ThingsComeUndone | Friday September 6, 2013 08:02 pm 4

Don’t movie contracts have morals clauses so they can get out of a deal if a star or in this case a writer does something so morally deviant that nobody would wee the movie so why make it?
Normally its a sex scandal but Orson wanting to over throw the government and his weird anti gay and anti Obama rants I am sure would qualify.
Next question has Orson been quiet lately did Lionsgate tell him to shut up or he would wreck ticket sales?


ThingsComeUndone | Friday September 6, 2013 08:12 pm 5

Lisa I just went over to Orson’s web site he claims to put the quotes in context.

Claim: OSC stated that gay marriage “marks the end of democracy in America.”

Quote in Context: OSC did not say that gay marriage marked the end of democracy. The misquote is from The Mormon Times on July 24, 2008 and is titled “State job is not to redefine marriage.” It concerns the process in which activist judges overturn the will of the voters. Gay marriage is used as the example. Here is the quote in context:

The first and greatest threat from court decisions in California and Massachusetts, giving legal recognition to “gay marriage,” is that it marks the end of democracy in America.

These judges are making new law without any democratic process; in fact, their decisions are striking down laws enacted by majority vote.

The pretext is that state constitutions require it – but it is absurd to claim that these constitutions require marriage to be defined in ways that were unthinkable through all of human history until the past fifteen years. And it is offensive to expect us to believe this obvious fiction.

It is such an obvious overreach by judges, far beyond any rational definition of their authority that even those who support the outcome of the decisions should be horrified by the means.

http://www.hatrack.com/misc/Quotes_in_Context.shtml

There is more at the link I think you should read it. You got more background information on Orson than I do.


ThingsComeUndone | Friday September 6, 2013 08:24 pm 6
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 5

The Mormon Times misquoted a Mormon to make him look bad about opposing Gay Rights?
Just how many impossible things a day must we believe when we go down the rabbit hole?

Fine lets take the rabbit at his word.

The first and greatest threat from court decisions in California and Massachusetts, giving legal recognition to “gay marriage,” is that it marks the end of democracy in America.

Orson all Men are created equal life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are Rights the Founding Fathers gave us.

These judges are making new law without any democratic process; in fact, their decisions are striking down laws enacted by majority vote.

Guess what this is a case where individual rights trump the will of the people why because the People can’t show any harm to society or the individual if Gays get married.
No harm then society has no standing to complain or compel, curtail and other’s behavior .
Majority rule Orson you as a Mormon should know is democracy but not always fair. Your people got ran out of my state you Prophet killed not that long ago because of polygamy.
I suspect your Jealous times have changed. I suspect you wish your people had the Balls to fight like the Gays did to get married rather than give up your beliefs just to be accepted into the Union.
I could add much more easily but your not worth the effort


sonofloud | Saturday September 7, 2013 05:15 am 7

GLSEN are traitors who reward our enemies.


lorimakesquilts | Saturday September 7, 2013 07:01 pm 8
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 6

Thank you for that fine rebuttal. I feel betrayed by the man, I love his books, always recommended Ender, but never again. He’s hateful and delusional, he’ll never see another dime from me.


Red Snow | Monday September 9, 2013 07:06 pm 9

This is an abomination. No self-respecting LGBT organization would even think of giving an “award” to Lion’s Gate for their “liberal views” on gays and lesbians when EVERYONE KNOWS that Orson Scott Card is a very vocal homophobe and thinks that Obama is a dictator. This is subterfuge: someone has done this so that Ender’s Game will make a lot of money. That’s what this is about. This cannot be real. It’s a sham all the way around. GLSEN just lost ALL respectability.


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