We touched on the growing Ender’s Game “boycott” earlier this week, and we stated our official stance: You CAN separate the book from the author.
As the furor escalates, we figured we would share a couple of well-articulated pieces that encapsulate the different positions, along with one that — quite frankly — we find troubling.
Here’s what the transcendent Nerdy, Wordy, and Over Thirty had to say:
So. To see, or not to see?
Honestly, I don’t know. I strongly disagree with Card’s views on homosexuality, but I support his right to have his beliefs and to be vocal about them. Goodness knows I’m vocal about mine. However, just because I support his right to speak his mind, doesn’t mean I have to monetarily fuel his fire. Then again, Ender’s Game has nothing to do with homophobia, is a brilliant work of fiction, and the actors and crew that worked on the film are incredibly talented. Should I not acknowledge that with a ticket purchase? Continue reading here!
Or take a look at what windandlaughter opined, which pretty much follows our way of thinking:
I’d never thought of that before. But it’s true -– all the hype and judgement only really started once the movie was talked about. I had to make a conscious effort to not fly off the handle every time Card was vilified. I understand why this is happening, and I’m pro-equality, so I was hurt by his comments as well. It’s just disappointing really, because the book played a big role in shaping me. And to me the guy was a hero. And to find out this is like an idol failing you. Not his fault really. It’s just ironic and sad that a teacher of tolerance is intolerant. See full piece here!
But here’s a strongly worded, downright snarky opinion from A.V. Club, which — though impassioned by a strong moral argument — misses the mark in its singular short-sightedness:
Sadly for Card, we may not yet have reached that more enlightened era, when homophobes are allowed to live freely without fear of their movies suffering a slight dip in profits. Nevertheless, Card is here, he hates queers, and he suggests you get used to it in time for the movie’s premiere. Read full article here!
This is exactly the kind of rabble-rousing rhetoric that has the internet huffing and puffing. And it’s just not right to the actors, producers, directors, technicians, and most of all, long-time fans of this benevolently constructed book. For us, this isn’t about embracing what Card stands for or even stomaching him as a person. It’s the chance to see this extraordinary work brought to the glory of the big screen, with spectacular effects, character cultivation, and deep personal meaning.
Let’s not destroy a landmark film because the author happens to be a misinformed bigot. Remember, no matter how you feel about any of this, what matters is that the enemy gate is down!