Ender’s Game vs. Orson Scott Card

By on May 16, 2013 in Books


I have heard the term “The Ender’s Game Conundrum” online before. It’s something that has come up recently when discussing people’s conflicting emotions about the film and the auther of the book, Orson Scott Card. Here are the two statements that people are trying to reconcile:

1) Ender’s Game is one of the best, most exhilarating, and most important sci-fi books ever written, and I would love to see it come to life on the big screen.

2) Orson Scott Card is an ignorant homophobe who is using his fame to try to convince the public that his hateful personal beliefs are the correct way of thinking.

Every fan wants to see this film, but no one wants to give Card any of their money because they do not believe in his personal philosophy. I feel the same way.

But Ender’s Game is that the film itself does not expose anything relating to homophobia or anti-LGBT ideas. I personally, got the opposite impression while reading it. So the thought to boycott the film is not based on its content. It is purely based on one of the people involved.

The average movie the size of Ender’s Game employs thousands of paid employees. This includes writers, directors, cast, crew, catering, transport, special effects, props, music, post-production, advertising, etc. Every time you buy a ticket to a big-budget film you are giving money to thousands of different people. Statistically, you are giving money to a bunch of homophobes, a large amount of racists, lots of chauvinists, and a pedophile or two.

Should we boycott films because Tom Cruise, John Travolta, or Giovanni Ribisi are involved? How about if an Isaac Hayes song appears in a movie? They are all Scientologists and Scientology promotes that homosexuality is a disease that can be cured. The difference, I guess, is that Card is outspoken about it. Just like Chuck Norris, and we all know how many people hate him.

But that is neither here nor there. Ender’s Game is the work in question, and I am going to judge the work on its own merits. So I will be going to see the film. And yes, Orson Scott Card will probably get 1 cent of my ticket price, and a bunch of other horrible people will get some money, too. But I hope a few other things happen as well. I hope that some hard-working, decent, compassionate folk get some money for the work they did. I hope the film stays true to the novel, and I hope the ideas presented in the book incite someone to think about and how we treat people other than ourselves.

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