The next chapter in Orson Scott Card vs Decent Humanity is here, and it's getting good.
You'll recall that OSC, a science fiction writer whose beloved novel Ender's Game is now a movie, is a venomous anti-gay bigot who has been vocally against gay marriage. He supports a hate group called National Organization for Marriage, and that support has made people not want to support him - ie, there's been a lot of talk about a boycott of the Ender's Game movie as good-hearted people would rather that their ticket money not fund anti-gay activism.
Then last week the Supreme Court ruled in a way that pretty much ensures the future of gay marriage in America. Orson Scott Card, being an unmitigated asshole, issued a statement that basically whined about how people were being intolerant of his intolerance. This is the dumbest argument of all time, made only by the dumbest, most morally corrupt people - 'If you're so tolerant why do you discriminate against my hate?' That launched a new wave of criticism.
Now Lionsgate - who already opted to keep OSC away from their Ender's Game panel at Comic Con - has decided to release a statement distancing themselves from the nasty novelist. And announcing that they're going to host a premiere benefit that will support LGBT causes:
“As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from GODS AND MONSTERS to THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and a Company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of ENDER’S GAME. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for ENDER’S GAME.”
They've turned the tables! Now YOU are the anti-gay bigot if you DON'T support Ender's Game!
Good on them for at least acknowledging this. Being anti-gay in 2013 is like being anti-integration in 1963. You can get away with it, but everybody thinks you're a fucking scumbag. That's heartening progress, at least. I'm interested in hearing more details about the LGBT fundraiser - will they donate to a marriage equality group or a group that helps gay teens who are suicidal? And which would make Orson Scott Card angrier?