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Director Gavin Hood Speaks On The Irony Of 'Ender's Game'

Gavin Hood Ender's Game
He gets right to the point:

“It’s dreadfully ironic. Orson wrote a book about compassion, and empathy, and yet he himself is struggling to see that his position in real life is really at odds with his art.”

Though not without some apologia:

"I think what would be far more helpful is if audiences knew that the makers of this film, and the film itself, holds the polar opposite point of view to the current thinking of Orson Scott Card on gay issues.” 

Also present are the misconceptions that people are protesting the film itself rather than the author, and that people have trouble viewing art independent from the artist. The Advocate has the full piece, which also includes statements from Harrison Ford and producer Roberto Orci.

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  1. Read the comments following the article at the "Avocado" link. No one is fooled by this slick PR bid.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 1, 2013 9:12:46 AM

  2. So, will they add a gay character -or make one of the established to be- or not? I mean... what better way to put your money on your mouth.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Aug 1, 2013 9:19:52 AM

  3. While it's a good start that the director acknowledges the hypocrisy of Orson Scott Card's beliefs...he conveniently eliminates the fact that OSC will still be making either residuals or points on the boxoffice if the movie *cough* does well. OSC should not receive any more money than what was already paid out for his book and that's where we're trying to hurt the pocketbook. The director, Harrison Ford, et al are trying to save their unfortunate asses because they hooked themselves up with such a losing dirt bag, which is a shame--but you sleep with wake up with fleas.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 1, 2013 9:20:47 AM

  4. What on earth is this about. I'm not following.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 1, 2013 9:31:36 AM

  5. I feel bad for some of the people involved with the film because I know they're not homophobes. Some people can separate art from the artist. It's not right or wrong it just is.

    I'm not one of those people, though. Now that I know what Card stands for, I can't support the guy. It doesn't feel right not to mention the money trail that could lead back to NOM and their dreadful politics.

    Posted by: daws | Aug 1, 2013 9:37:17 AM


    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 1, 2013 9:38:51 AM

  7. I won't pay money to watch this movie.

    Posted by: Gigi | Aug 1, 2013 9:44:54 AM

  8. I'm really sorry good people are caught in the line of fire. But I can't and will not support this film.

    Posted by: Rafael | Aug 1, 2013 9:49:38 AM

  9. My suspicion is that the development of the screenplay adaptation of OSC's novel began well before the worm turned with respect to marriage and civil rights equality. I'm betting that when this all started in an office someplace, Card's views were more socially acceptable than they are now. That would explain the involvement of people who clearly disagree with Card, and it would explain their subsequent attempts to deflect criticism away from the film and distance themselves from the author. It just goes to show that you have to vet people for things like this, and clearly the vetting in this case didn't consider issues of bigotry. Perhaps a lesson will come from all of this, but I suspect not.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Aug 1, 2013 9:51:52 AM

  10. Ooh! Great solution, have a country-wide free screenings at gay and lesbian centers all over america!

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 1, 2013 9:55:11 AM

  11. Yeah, sucks for the actors and production team, but still am not going to pay to see the movie. It's not about the movie, or possible messages. It's about depriving Card of further monetary gains at my expense.

    Posted by: LiamB | Aug 1, 2013 9:56:36 AM

  12. Nope, not buying it. I especially resent Card's attempted spin that it's gays who are being intolerant of HIS beliefs! I'm also P.O.ed that several media stories have claimed "Gays Miffed Because OSC is Against Gay Marriage," like maybe he said that once and it was enough to get him blacklisted by gay people.

    He was or is on the Board of NOM and was for many years. (Did he resign? When? When this movie went into production and he stood to make some money?) He's called for homosexuality to be criminalized, up to and including imprisonment. He's accused gays of being pedophiles to "convert" children, writing his pedophile fever-dream novel Hamlet's Father to show how dedicated he was to that belief. (And based on the few things if his I've read it's my opinion that if anybody has kiddy-diddler tendencies it's James Scott Card.)

    And the maker's of this film didn't just option the novel, pay card a fee and that was it. He's listed as a CO-PRODUCER of this film and and WILL make more money based on ticket sales.

    The crew and most of the cast has already been paid for their work. I don't think Harrison Ford is going to end up on the street any time soon. So fvck Dustin Lance Black and his claim that they're being punished by a boycott. And *maybe* this experience will teach the director, producers, and the studio to do some due diligence on the people they make deals with. OSC has NOT been shy about his anti-gay activities so they *should* have known about it and taken it into consideration.

    Personally I hope the movies stinks and is a major flop. Either way there's no way I'd go see it and put a nickel of my money into Orson Scott Card's pocket!

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 1, 2013 10:04:36 AM

  13. When they refuse to pay Card for it then I'll go see it. As that is not legally possible for them to do then won't be seeing it.

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 1, 2013 10:05:30 AM

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  17. All those points about the irony of the empathy and compassion in the book and about separating the art from the artist are fine. But this is a big budget Hollywood movie and those are BUSINESS. Greenlighting the movie was a business decision, every person who worked on the movie was a business decision; and all this backpeddaling is a business based effort to defuse a boycott. Card will benefit financially both directly and indirectly from a successful movie. How I spend my money is my business decision and it will not be on this movie.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 1, 2013 10:19:15 AM

  18. "Also present are the misconceptions that people are protesting the film itself rather than the author, and that people have trouble viewing art independent from the artist."

    Others are welcome to boycott the film if they want, but this is not a "misconception." The boycotters are, quite explicitly, protesting the film itself and they also quite explicitly cannot divorce a work of art from its author (even if that refusal to view the art independently is based on concerns about the author benefiting monetarily).

    I will probably see the film, since I've been a fan of Ender's Game since I was a teenager (in a very weird way, it helped me deal emotionally with being in the closet in a conservative area) and since I refuse to punish the rest of the cast and crew (especially the child actors) for the bad behavior and cognitive dissonance of OSC.

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 1, 2013 10:21:40 AM

  19. That were exactly my feelings when i knew that OSC was a rabid homophobe. Highly contradictory with the message of his most famoust novel

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 1, 2013 10:31:44 AM

  20. No way am I watching Ender's Game, eating at Chick-Fil-A, drinking Russian vodka, shopping at Urban Outfitters, or watching a Tom Cruise movie. No f-ing way. Won't happen, no matter how much fake apologia.

    Supporting hateful policies ruins a brand for me--probably for life.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Aug 1, 2013 10:32:58 AM

  21. So is Mr. Card empathic, compassionate enough to say.... ask for forgiveness for what he's said? Admit fault? Is he willing to donate the PROFITS he's making off of this movie to groups to those he's injured?

    I'm going to go out on a limb and guess he isn't.

    How is it NOT empathic of LGBT people and those that love him to not want to help him profit off of the insane judgment and pressure he placed to ARREST LGBT people and deny them civil equality?

    The makers of this film may be wonderful people who are extremely welcoming of their LGBT brothers and sisters, but they CHOSE to align themselves with someone who has PUBLICLY (Not privately) injured us. Do they DESERVE to profit from that out of empathy or compassion? Since when does my wallet have ANYTHING to do with forgiveness?

    Posted by: Jim in MN | Aug 1, 2013 10:33:43 AM

  22. WTF are you all talking about?? Can the author of this article give a background here? You just kinda "get to the point" too soon.

    Posted by: zeddy | Aug 1, 2013 10:33:53 AM

  23. Regardless (ad infinitum) OSC will never get a penny of my money. Period.

    Posted by: Geoff | Aug 1, 2013 10:35:49 AM

  24. I wonder if there are any planed demonstrations against the film on opening night? It seems like we should organize and send a clearer message.

    Posted by: Rafael | Aug 1, 2013 10:51:28 AM

  25. How much money will Card earn from this movie (or a potential sequel) if it is a hit?

    What guarantee does Hood have that Card will not use this money to finance the persecution of LGBT people through his membership of NOM.

    Boycotting this movie harms nobody.

    Attending this movie will fund homoophobia.

    Hood is scum - he is putting his personal profit over human rights.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 1, 2013 10:51:49 AM

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