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'Ender's Game' Boycott Group Says Lionsgate's Statement on Orson Scott Card Changes Nothing

Geeks Out, the group behind the planned boycott of Ender's Game, the film adaptation of the 1985 best-selling novel by outspoken homophobe Orson Scott Card, says it appreciates Lionsgate Entertainment's public rejection of Card's and NOM's anti-gay worldview, but that the boycott is still on.

Writes the group: Card

The simple fact is that Skip Ender’s Game has never been about the content of the novel or the film Ender’s Game. It’s about money. It’s about the money the company has already paid to Card and the potential millions he and the National Organization for Marriage stand to make off of the success of the film—our money.  

A benefit premiere, indeed any outreach to the LGBT community by Lionsgate, ought to be much appreciated. What’s clear is that whether or not they support his views, Lionsgate is standing by their man and their would-be blockbuster. They made the common, perhaps cynical, calculation that audiences wouldn’t connect Ender’s Game with Card’s very public homophobia—or wouldn’t care. Geeks OUT appreciates that most American families work for every dollar and care deeply about where that money goes and what it supports.  

Skip Ender's Game is not a threat; it is a reality. Our pledge adds hundreds of signatures every day from sci-fi fans around the world who would rather stay home than support homophobia. We have only just started and Geeks OUT and its allies are prepared to carry on past November 1. Nothing Card nor Lionsgate has said changes the fact that skipping Ender's Game is the easiest way to ensure none of your dollars go to Orson Scott Card's and the National Organization for Marriage's extreme anti-gay agenda.

See the Skip Ender's Game pledge HERE.

There are those in the LGBT community who oppose the boycott, like Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

The NYT adds: Black

Still, not every advocate of gay equality and same-sex marriage is convinced that turning away from “Ender’s Game,” which cost about $110 million to make, is the best way to counter Mr. Card.

“No way am I boycotting,” said Dustin Lance Black, who in 2009 won an Oscar for writing “Milk,” about the gay activist Harvey Milk, and who campaigned against California’s Proposition 8, which sought to ban gay marriage.

Speaking from London on Wednesday, Mr. Black — who, like Mr. Card, comes from a Mormon family — said he would rather engage with, than shut out, political and cultural adversaries. “We haven’t been getting the numbers we’ve seen by disengaging,” Mr. Black said, referring to a rise in public acceptance of same-sex marriage and other measures of gay equality.

Summit executives declined to be interviewed about the boycott call or Mr. Card’s involvement in the movie.

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  1. Dustin Lance Black is towing the Mormon line.

    He dare not attack another Mormon lest he not get into Mormon Heaven.

    Dustin, your Magic Underpants are on too tight.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 13, 2013 6:42:35 PM

  2. Dustin's wrong on this. Ostracizing homophobes absolutely works.

    Posted by: Brian | Jul 13, 2013 6:48:36 PM

  3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (same director) costs $150 million to make, and boy what a piece of garbage that was.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jul 13, 2013 6:56:37 PM

  4. Boycotting the movie is not "shutting out adversaries." It is just not putting money into Orson Scott Card's pocket--which I support. No Ender's Game for me.

    Posted by: Dev | Jul 13, 2013 7:01:03 PM

  5. What an Uncle Tom! Seriously? GO ahead and engage in conversation, you're still not seeing a dime of my money.

    Posted by: Shawn | Jul 13, 2013 7:03:28 PM

  6. Don't get me wrong; I'm very grateful for the work DLB has done for us - none-the-less, OSC/NOM will never, ever receive a penny of my money. Ever. For anything.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jul 13, 2013 7:07:04 PM

  7. Dustin Lance Black can suck my a$$. Nobody who cares about gay rights should see this movie.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jul 13, 2013 7:28:48 PM

  8. Dustin Lance Black chose the Hollywood machinery. Period. One of the most racist, misogynist and homophobic industries ever existed, but they have the BIG BUCK$.

    I'll watch the movie though...through a torrent.

    Posted by: Felix | Jul 13, 2013 7:36:14 PM

  9. I think DLB is not considering the fact that there is already a general boycott of his work by the groups OSC is a member of and supports. Yes, it's not official. They would say they don't care for the content of Black's work. But believe me, if they know he's involved they don't go.

    Given that we live in a primarily heterosexual word (and perhaps that's changing a bit) our community has a long history of supporting artistic work that either ignores us or even maligns us. It's great to see members of our community standing up and pushing back. While LG claims the film is not homophobic, given it's author, I suspect that our community has been erased from his vision of the future. Yes, that's true in many films but in this case we know it was done with malice. That alone is reason not to go.

    Also, I think DLB is wrong to consider sitting in a movie theater watching a movie engaging with anyone. It's a passive act. His attendance will not change anyone's mind. Whereas non-attendance just might.

    Posted by: Marshall | Jul 13, 2013 7:37:09 PM

  10. Dustin Lance Black is an idiot.

    Posted by: SteveC | Jul 13, 2013 7:37:13 PM

  11. I can still engage in conversation AND not spending a dime on this movie.

    20 dollars ticket will instead go to LGBT youth program and 4 weekend hours of time spend on this movie will go to volunteering at LGBT center.

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Jul 13, 2013 7:39:25 PM

  12. At the risk of being controversial I am inclined to agree with DLB on this issue; Orson Scott Card should be opposed, at every turn, for his evil and vile homophobia but I am not convinced that a boycott of this movie will achieve this. Let us oppose him politically and use reason and rationality to do so.

    Having said that I would not criticize anyone who chose not to give money to see this movie, that is their choice, but to criticize DLB on this issue is to attack an obviously sincere ally over a (legitimate) disagreement over policy.

    Noone should doubt his obvious commitment to LGBT equality - let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    Posted by: Mundus | Jul 13, 2013 7:46:15 PM

  13. All haters, both people and companies,should have their products boycotted by us. This is VERY important. $$$ talks!

    Posted by: Peter-Nicholas Fragasso | Jul 13, 2013 7:50:10 PM

  14. Didn't take long for Dustin to sell out.

    Perhaps we can be a bit more honest about the level of his writing skills now.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 13, 2013 7:50:36 PM

  15. Dustin Lance Black suffers the damage of having been raised in mormonity and of attempting to maintain a connection to the moreholes. (Understandable, from a personal point of view, as they are his family members)

    NONETHELESS --- No major mormon supporter of Prop 8 has come forward with any attempt to undo the damage and hurt. Typical of older male mormons, Card makes it our fault, not his.
    -- screw Lionsgate for overlooking who they worked with, until they sincerely make amends

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 13, 2013 7:59:54 PM

  16. Sorry,but if nothing else,Card still works for NOM and they've already announced they are hard at work in Indiana to work on a constituional ban there.
    So Dustin,those gay youth you want to help? You can do that by not encourgaing people to see a film that will help make the ones in Indiana second class citizens.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jul 13, 2013 8:27:19 PM

  17. Dustin Lance Black equating 'engaging' with paying to see this movie is an utterly ridiculous false equivalency. Just exactly how is putting money into OSC's hands 'engaging' anyone?

    Speaking out against a documented rabid homophobe and his allies by developing a nationwide boycott engenders far more conversation about the responsibility and consequences of oppression than any engaging he might accomplish by attending this movie.

    Posted by: JONES | Jul 13, 2013 8:45:40 PM

  18. DLB has his opinion and I have mine. I will not be going to see Ender's Game. I'm not mad at DLB. He's entitled to his opinion but it doesn't change mine.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Jul 13, 2013 8:48:47 PM

  19. On this point I respectfully disagree with Dustin. There should not be a price tag on what we can tolerate. This is not Fear Factor. Putting money in the pocket of bigots who will use it against us is plain stupid. The quickest way to end this bigots is to cut off their supply line. This also send a message to movie studios not to take homophobia lightly the next time they decide to collude with bigots. Not that these movie heads have any conscience when it comes to money making. Hence they try to protect their investment by putting out PSA, even getting Dustin to make a statement. Since money is the only way to directly communicate with these meat heads, say no and watch some other movie. At this rate I rather go watch Sharknado.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Jul 13, 2013 8:52:52 PM

  20. Why do we have to boycott the movie version of a really fascinating book that is almost 30 years old just because its author is a NOM leader? How many people need to boycott DLBs next movie?

    Enders Game is a great story. DLB is right on the money. Don't boycott creative works of people you disagree with. It says to them "please tune out my contributions to society, as I shall tune out yours".

    Thomas Jefferson advocated castration of men convicted of sodomy. I still am very happy to reread the Declaration.

    Posted by: bravo | Jul 13, 2013 8:54:15 PM

  21. @Bravo Reading the Declaration doesn't put any profits into the hands of Jefferson to be used against us. That's the difference. Card profits monetarily if the movie is successful. And, Card would put that profit to use against us through his Mormon church and NOM.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 13, 2013 9:05:04 PM

  22. A bit of the devils advocate...I do not plan on seeing the movie, nor have I read any of his books, but, boycotts usually don't amount to the paper that the signs are printed on. Boycott's of Disneyland/Disney World were ineffective for anti-gay groups, and the infamous Chick-Fil-A boycott by gays gave Chick-Fil-A one of their best days of profits, high profile publicity and didn't hurt the company in the long run. It might put the message out, but other than that, normally boycotts are ineffective.

    Posted by: CB | Jul 13, 2013 9:13:01 PM

  23. @bravo
    You going to buy cookies at the next NOM bake sale also?

    'Don't boycott creative works of people you disagree with.'
    You make it sound as though we're in disagreement over a trivial issue like a traffic light location. This lunatic is waging political war to deny you your civil rights and by paying to see this movie you will be funding that war.

    Posted by: JONES | Jul 13, 2013 9:18:47 PM

  24. I would have signed their petition, but the ending said "to finish you subscription", I don't want to subscribe.

    Posted by: bannock | Jul 13, 2013 9:22:48 PM

  25. I had no idea Orson Scott Card was a homophobe or a contributing member to NOM when I read his trilogy 10 years ago. As a matter of fact, even though he was writing of adolescents, (forgive me NAMBLA), I sort of saw it as homo-erotic. I saw many of the relationships in the story as void of sexuality. Not Asexual, but Unisexual(?) in that boys loved boys. That's a bad thing?

    Posted by: westslopeguy | Jul 13, 2013 9:24:12 PM

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