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LGBT Group Plans 'Ender's Game' Boycott

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Geeks OUT isn't backing Harrison Ford's next movie and they're urging the rest of Planet Earth to do the same.

The LGBT organization is calling for a boycott of "Ender's Game," the big-budget adaptation of the 1985 sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card. The author's anti-gay views have been well-documented.

The cleverly named Geeks OUT is an organization that works for the empowerment of gay people who love and participate in geek culture. They've launched SkipEndersGame.com, which urges filmgoers to do exactly what the domain name suggests.

"By pledging to Skip Ender's Game, we can send a clear and serious message to Card and those that do business with his brand of anti-gay activism - whatever he's selling, we're not buying," reads a statement on the site. "The queer geek community will not subsidize his fear-mongering and religious bullying. We will not pay him to demean, insult or oppress us."

The group's planned boycott extends to Summit Pictures' theatrical release (which is happening in November), to on-demand and aftermarket releases, ancillary merchandise and anything/everything related to "Ender's Game" that could end up enriching Scott's bank account. "Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys," the statement implores. "However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card's pockets." (The Hollywood Reporter was unable to wrangle a comment from Summit).

"Ender's Game" stars sci-fi veteran Ford and Asa Butterfield and was directed by Gavin Hood ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine").

Card has called homosexuality a "reproductive dysfunction" and has long advocated for so-called "traditional marriage." In an op-ed for The Mormon Times, the sci-fi author once wrote: "Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down."

Earlier this year, Allout.org successfully collected over 14,000 signatures to an online petition urging DC Comics to fire Card from a "Superman" project.

This dude thinks Card is a dick... And made a YouTube video about his conflicted feelings about Card's work:

Incidentally, the Geeks OUT website is a wellspring of cool articles and aggregation, like this Living Queer, Speaking Geek roundtable.

 

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