Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender’s Game, has a few controversial views about gay marriage. Because of this, several people are calling for a boycott of the new Lionsgate movie. The company is hoping to subdue the controversy by distancing itself from the author and holding a movie premiere that will benefit the LGBT community.
Lionsgate released a statement today saying that it did not agree with Scott Card’s views.
The company said: “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.”
The company goes on to say that Scott Card, despite being the author of the source material, has nothing to do with the new Ender’s Game.
Lionsgate adds: “(Orson Scott Card and the National Organization for Marriage) 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.”
The Inquisitr previously reported that the group GEEK OUT has been calling for people to boycott the movie over the author’s views. Do you think Lionsgate’s statement will persuade GEEK OUT to call off the boycott? Are you going to see Ender’s Game?