At the red carpet premiere of “Ender’s Game” on Monday night, director
Producer Roberto Orci added: “I think if we’d detected any of the issues surrounding the controversy in the text itself or in Gavin’s script, yeah, it would have given us pause.... That just wasn’t our reality. I do think it is important when you are dealing with art to try and separate art from the artists.”
Card’s bestselling, Nebula-award-winning young adult novel “Ender’s Game,” was published in 1985 and is finally being brought to screen by Lionsgate, with
The pressure on “Ender’s Game” follows a similar outcry directed at DC Comics when Card was tapped to write an issue of “Adventures of Superman.” Artist Chris Sprouse dropped out of the project, and DC shelved the manuscript, replacing Card’s story with the writing of Jeff Parker.
Card is a Mormon, a direct descendant of Brigham Young whose views are informed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2004, Card published an essay suggesting homosexuality arose from “a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse.” In 2012, during the divisive Amendment One movement to ban gay marriage in North Carolina, where Card lives, he wrote an opinion piece for micro-local paper the Rhinoceros Times stating why gay marriage should be prohibited.
In recent days, Leah Rhyne explained to readers of the Charleston City Paper that because of Card’s politics, she’ll skip the movie. Noah Berlatsky wrote earlier this month in Salon, suggesting “Ender’s Game” provides a “passionate defense of genocide.” Yet the backlash began long before the film’s November release. In May, Aja Romano detailed Card’s long history of homophobia for the Daily Dot.
Still, whether the typical viewer will be swayed from watching a multi-million dollar Harrison Ford movie that involves space aliens remains to be seen. And if the
Still, there’s hope Card’s views on humanity will evolve, just as the views of the Mormon Church evolved as the world changed around it. When informed Utah couldn’t join the United States unless it practiced monogamy, its leader, Wilford Woodruff, received a revelation from God that instructed him to ban polygamy and embrace monogamy.