Damnit, The Ender’s Game Movie Looks Awesome
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Well, the trailer for Ender’s Game movie looks to be really really awesome. See for yourself below.
For those of you unfamiliar, Ender’s Game is the story of a future world where mankind is facing a grave alien threat. All previous military efforts have failed to stave off the oncoming onslaught, and so in a last-ditch effort, children are brought in to be trained as commanders claiming their fresh minds will provide new insights into battle strategy. The training involves battle simulators which are essentially video games. The lead child, Ender, shows a particular skill in the simulators. There is a big reveal at the end.
This book validated the endless hours I devoted to video games in my youth, and for that, I was eternally grateful. It also explored how awkward being a tween is, and how hard we try to fit in. Where our place in the world is, how we interact with other people, and what responsibility is – all these concepts are explored in this amazing novel.
Of course, this was a different time in America and in my young life. I had no idea what being gay was, and Orson Scott Card, the book’s author, was simply a famed sci-fi writer winning awards for turning children into readers.
Now, I’m in my late 20′s and gay, and Orson Scott Card has become one of the most vocal members of the nation’s leading anti-marriage equality group, National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
The folks at Salon Magazine have done some solid research on Scott Card’s terrifyingly anti-gay (recent) past, which dates back to the early 90′s.
1990: Card argued that states should keep sodomy laws on the books in order to punish unruly gays–presumably implying that the fear of breaking the law ought to keep most gay men in the closet where they belonged.
2004: He claimed that most homosexuals are the self-loathing victims of child abuse, who became gay “through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse.”
2008: In 2008, Card published his most controversial anti-gay screed yet, in the Mormon Times, where he argued that gay marriage “marks the end of democracy in America,” that homosexuality was a “tragic genetic mixup,” and that allowing courts to redefine marriage was a slippery slope towards total homosexual political rule and the classifying of anyone who disagreed as “mentally ill:”
A term that has mental-health implications (homophobe) is now routinely applied to anyone who deviates from the politically correct line. How long before opposing gay marriage, or refusing to recognize it, gets you officially classified as “mentally ill”
Remember how rapidly gay marriage has become a requirement. When gay rights were being enforced by the courts back in the ’70s and ’80s, we were repeatedly told by all the proponents of gay rights that they would never attempt to legalize gay marriage.
It took about 15 minutes for that promise to be broken. …
If a court declared that from now on, “blind” and “sighted” would be synonyms, would that mean that it would be safe for blind people to drive cars?
No matter how sexually attracted a man might be toward other men, or a woman toward other women, and no matter how close the bonds of affection and friendship might be within same-sex couples, there is no act of court or Congress that can make these relationships thesame as the coupling between a man and a woman.
This is a permanent fact of nature.
Card went on to advocate for, literally, a straight people’s insurrection against a pro-gay government:
[W]hen government is the enemy of marriage, then the people who are actually creating successful marriages have no choice but to change governments, by whatever means is made possible or necessary… 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….
2009: He joined the board for anti-gay lobby The National Organization for Marriage, which was created to pass California’s notorious Proposition 8, banning gay marriage.
2012: He supported his home state North Carolina’s constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage by arguingthat gay marriage “will be the bludgeon [The Left] use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools.”
We can see that Card has become a real, well, dick about equality and LGBTQ people in general. Bummer. But luckily his strong words have not gone unpunished.
Earlier this year, Card was set to author a new Superman anthology, but the project was halted after graphic artist and illustrator Chris Sprouse, who was slated to illustrate the comic, backed out upon hearing of Card’s homophobia. “It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I’ve decided to step back as the artist on this story,” said Sprouse. “The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that’s something I wasn’t comfortable with.” The LGBTQ community, which has many deep ties to the isolation and rejection felt by many comic book characters, rejoiced. Sadly Ender’s Game was already deep into production by this point, and there was little to be done to stop this massive project from continuing.
Now a movie adaptation of any book comes with a heavy burden, and when something like Ender’s Game gets a movie release, that burden is amplified because of its massive nerd fan-base that must be appeased. But factor in Card’s outlook on my personal life, and I’m wondering if I’ll have any part in this movies success.
I never wish a movie to fail, and I’m not one to hop on the boycott bandwagon, but is such a boycott in order? Should LGBTQ people treat this movie like Chik-fil-a and treat it as a toxic manifestation of a curmudgeon bigot?
And honestly, Chik-fil-a’s backdoor funding of anti-gay groups is at least less subtle than Card’s very public and downright filthy attacks on LGBTQ people. If we wont eat a sandwich because they give money to stop marriage equality, shouldn’t we make a larger point to not support a project that funds the poster boy for the anti-gay movement.
12-year-old, socially isolated, and nerdy me is fighting internally with 27-year-old, socially conscious, and still nerdy me and I’m not sure how to handle it.
It’s a shame we’ll have to make this choice, but it’s something to think about when Ender’s Game gets its big screen release this November.
Tim is a writer, video game nerd, and music fan. You'll see him at shows, or you wont really see him at all.
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