'Geeks Out' vs Orson Scott Card's Moot View
Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game, is rapidly becoming a classic villain befitting of Hollywood science fiction. Ok, he's not planning on taking over the world, but his outspoken stance on gay marriage has led to a vehement movement against his work, specifically the upcoming release of the Ender's Game movie, starring Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield.
The 'Geeks Out' movement, which "rallies, empowers and promotes the queer geek community", has become Card's biggest critic, launching a campaign to boycott the upcoming movie adaptation. They recognize that Card's work is enjoyed by millions, Ender's Game is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest sci-fi novels ever written, holding lofty company with the likes of Asimov's 'Foundation' and Herbert's 'Dune'. However, it is the man behind the work that rankles the gay community. As we have mentioned before, Card is strongly against gay marriage and he's a flagship member of the 'National Organization of Marriage'. But after recent US Spreme Court rulings in favor of gay marriage, Card has hit back at his critics saying that his opinion on the matter is now "moot".
Card seems to hope that, with the argument on gay marriage finally drawing to an end, his critics will lay down their arms and enjoy his work. "Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance to those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute" said Card. But the author may be a little hopeful if he thinks all will be forgotten in light of a court ruling. Just today, Geeks Out released a response to Card's recent comments, stating that "The Bill of Rights protects your freedom of speech, but it does not protect your right to a blockbuster opening weekend".
They argue that despite the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage, this form of union is still illegal in 31 states thus impacting large numbers of their community. "Tell families in 31 States where gay marriage is still illegal that it's a "moot issue"" argues Geeks Out. So it would seem that, far from creating a harmonious ending to this epic battle of beliefs, Card's attempt to seemingly throw in the towel has only gone and angered his critics even more.
Lionsgate Films are unmoved by the war of words and many seem confident that the movie will be a success at the box office when it is released on November 1st. The question for sci-fi fans remains, are you ok with handing over $14 to a man with these views? This would perhaps not be such a profound issue if it weren't for the fact that Card's creation was such a profound masterpiece.