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NOM Board Member Pens Homophobic 'Hamlet' Rewrite

A publishing house is getting a lot of attention for a new printing of a homophobic Hamlet rewrite called Hamlet's Father by science fiction author and NOM board member Orson Scott Card.

Card The Guardian notes:

The book is not a new release, having been published twice before, for the first time in 2008, but an explosive review at the Rain Taxi Review of Books has unleashed a wave of criticism.

William Alexander at Rain Taxi book review writes:

Here's the punch line: Old King Hamlet was an inadequate king because he was gay, an evil person because he was gay, and, ultimately, a demonic and ghostly father of lies who convinces young Hamlet to exact imaginary revenge on innocent people. The old king was actually murdered by Horatio, in revenge for molesting him as a young boy—along with Laertes, and Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern, thereby turning all of them gay. We learn that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are now "as fusty and peculiar as an old married couple. I pity the woman who tries to wed her way into that house."

Hamlet is damned for all the needless death he inflicts, and Dead Gay Dad will now do gay things to him for the rest of eternity: "Welcome to Hell, my beautiful son. At last we'll be together as I always longed for us to be."

All of this is as horrifying as it is ridiculous. It is not, however, surprising that Orson Scott Card's primary purpose is to slander ten percent of the human race. He recently joined the board of the National Organization for Marriage, an institution which exists solely to crush gay civil rights wherever they emerge.

Check out a sample of Card's prior writings on gay people here.

Adds Jeremy Hooper: "How long before NOM has him rewriting The Merchant of Venice so that said merchant is cast out of business for refusing to photograph a lesbian wedding? Or maybe Romeo & Juliet 2, where the lovers are tragically fated not because of family strife, but rather because of the committed gay couple in the castle down the road?  Or perhaps The Merry Wives of Windsor rebranded as a warning sign about same-sex marriage leading to polygamy?  So many options!"

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  1. 500 years from now, people will still know who William Shakespeare was because of the high quality and greatness of his writing.

    By contrast, by that time no one will know the name Orson Scott Card because all of his writings are execrable drek and that includes especially the mind-numbingly awful Ender's Game series.

    Posted by: Inis | Sep 9, 2011 1:59:43 PM

  2. Andy, you might want to be aware of this:

    The publisher forced the editor to put Card's novella in the compilation. However, also be aware that the majority of their works are not homophobic.

    Posted by: Yuki | Sep 9, 2011 3:28:49 PM

  3. In a vacuum, there's nothing wrong with a wicked gay antagonist. Every population has its bell curve with relative angels and demons at the extremes. I just wouldn't be so quick to judge a writer's motivation or empathy for any particular fictional character.

    Posted by: Omniphobe | Sep 9, 2011 5:13:02 PM

  4. I really think the fact that the closeted crazies are getting crazier is oddly enough a good sign. It's the exception that proves the rule; these people are losing it because they realize everyone else is no longer losing it.

    Posted by: ZigZagBoom | Sep 9, 2011 5:14:04 PM

  5. BTW - the Mormon community seems to have some of the most twisted, pathological and institutionalized self-hatred. For example, the daughter of this man:
    Donated $1000 in SUPPORT of Prop 8!

    Posted by: ZigZagBoom | Sep 9, 2011 5:22:37 PM

  6. @Omniphobe

    I don't have a problem with gay villains unless their villainy is directly attributed to their being gay. But while Orson Scott Card's gay characters indeed exist in a vacuum, his brain, his ONLY motivation for writing this POS is to demonize ALL gay men as sexual abusers of children. It's no better than any anti-Semitic work published in Germany during the early part of the 20th century because like them its intended purpose is to incite prejudice against a group.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 9, 2011 5:40:10 PM

  7. Isn't Card a member/devotee of America's FIRST science Fiction religion?

    Posted by: gregory brown | Sep 9, 2011 10:51:59 PM

  8. There's an irony about Card's homophobia. If memory serves, he won a Lambda Literary Award in the sci-fi genre category, on the strength of a brief scene in which a teenage boy proffers his butt to another boy, and they go at it. So, yes, you have to wonder. Issues.

    Posted by: Lewis Gannett | Sep 10, 2011 6:45:17 AM

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