Ender’s Game is one of my favorite stories. I think It’s an obvious example of how art as work can be so much better than the artist as person. I feel the same way about Franz Liszt. Having never lived without very loving Jewish people around me, learning of his truly vicious anti-semitism shocked me. I am dismayed by the extent to which Card thinks gay people are perverse, malformed, and deserving of fewer rights than other Americans and don’t see spending future dollars on stories I’ve not yet read.
But the movie is more than the author of the book it’s based on. It was made by a community of people who have shown in their work to be respectful of and committed to the rights of everyone. I think people of open mind and good intent should see the work if they want to and judge it on its merits rather than on Card’s conduct. The work emerged from many more minds and hands than just Card’s. Rejecting this movie because the author of the story it’s based on is anti-gay would be as bad as rejecting it because the author is gay.
If I suggested you boycott, sorry, I changed my mind.
The people at Geeks OUT! have made a connection between Card’s denigration of gays and the suicide of Tyler Commenti. They’ve suggested that instead of buying a ticket, making a donation tohttp://www.tylerclementi.org/. I think do both.
The Ender Wiggin I know would have been a friend to Tyler, and stood with him against the bullies.
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