The call to boycott ‘Ender’s Game,’ a movie based on author Orson Scott Card’s 1984 book of the same name, which was triggered by Card's anti-gay marriage stance, has prompted the writer to issue a statement urging moviegoers to show tolerance to his views.
In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, he pointed out that neither the film nor the book touches upon political issues, and said that the issue of gay marriage is moot due to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down anti-marriage laws.
“With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state,” Card said, in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.
“Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute,” he added.
‘Ender’s Game’ is scheduled to release on Nov. 1, 2013, and several gay rights activists have called for the movie’s boycott because of statements previously made by Card opposing same-sex marriage.
The best-selling author’s presence on the board of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that is against same-sex unions, and an article of his in the Mormon Times, in 2009, urging people to “oppose the normalization of homosexual unions," has not gone down well with gay rights advocates.
Geeks OUT, an online community of gay nerds as it calls itself, has planned to boycott the $110 million movie when it releases.
"Hopefully, it will send a message that people who are actively vocal against the LGBT community don't really have a place within the greater geek culture," Geeks OUT board member Patrick Yacco told Entertainment Weekly.
Keerthi Mohan is an IBTimes reporter covering entertainment and human interest stories.