Ender's Game: Boycotting the Movie is a Lesson Lost

by Rachel Baker on November 4, 2013

So, Orson Scott Cards’ book Ender’s Game has been made into a movie and is now in theaters. I haven’t seen it, yet (and probably won’t until it comes to my living room); but I’ve read the first two books in the series and can honestly say, they were thought-provoking and well, probably life changing if I’m completely honest with myself.

The author is incredibly controversial…in a really bad way – and well, he’s paying for it.

Card, who until recently was a board member of the National Organisation for Marriage, an anti-same-sex marriage pressure group, and who in August wrote a 3,000-word essay that compared Obama to Hitler, has proved a major embarrassment for the production and has sparked calls for a boycott.


DC Comics put Card’s Adventures of Superman anthology contribution on hold after fierce public reaction led the comic’s artist to drop out of the project; the LGBT group Geeks OUT is organizing “Skip Ender’s Game” protests; those associated with the movie, from Ford to director Gavin Hood to Lionsgate, have done the requisite dance, distancing themselves from Card’s homophobic views while arguing that the author’s bigotry should not detract from the movie’s themes of inclusiveness and tolerance.


Having read Enders Game and The Speaker for the Dead, I feel its fair to say both of these books are incredible opposites to what Card espouses his beliefs are. The books are about tolerance and trying to understand “the unknown”. And frankly, I’m not really sure I’m able to rectify this difference in my head.

There is an incredibly interesting article on grantland by Rany Jazayerli, published on November 1st, 2013. In this article, Jazayerli tells the very personal story about growing up Muslim and what Ender’s Game meant to him. He also details Card’s interesting trip down conspiracy lane.

If Card wasn’t getting so much attention for being a homophobe, people would be talking about how he’s turning into a kook.

I can’t help but wonder what a Speaker for the Dead will say about Orson Scott Card when he passes. That’s what the book was about right, finding out who the person actually was based on the assessments of everyone who knew the person prior to death?  I can’t wait to read the subsequent articles and the obituary to see who this man really is.

You can boycott the movie is you want to – if you feel it is your moral obligation, then so be it. I must ask this though, if you have not actually read the book, then how can you boycott something you do not understand. Its one thing to boycott the man (borrow the book from a library if you don’t want to give him royalties), but I assure you, the man who wrote the books Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead are two very different people.

Read the books, learn the wonderful lessons from the books, watch the movie, and then see if you feel hate for or utter sadness about the state of Orson Scott Card’s life.

And here’s my favorite quote from Speaker for the Dead:

when you really know somebody, you can’t hate them. Or maybe its just that you can’t really know them until you stop hating them.

I think there’s more than meets the eye where Mr. Card is concerned.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Amazon Wish ListEvernoteFlipboardInstapaperNewsVineSpringpadWordPressTypePad PostStumbleUponLiveJournalPocketRedditShare

Previous post:

Next post: