If you have a thing for sci-fi movies, you’re probably counting down the days until the movie adaptation of “Ender’s Game” hits theaters later this year. Although the classic novel is much beloved by science fiction fans, some groups have called for a boycott of the film in response to the author’s staunch support of anti-gay marriage organizations.
In response to the controversy, Lionsgate announced one of the premieres of the film will serve as a benefit for causes that support the LGBTQ community.
In “Ender’s Game,” Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is marginalized and bullied for his position as the third child in his family. Because most families at the time were only allowed to have two children, Ender is looked at as inferior by his peers. Without spoiling anything for those of you who haven’t read the book, Ender ends up besting his bullies by the book’s end.
Given the message that even someone who is beaten down for who he is, something he can’t help, can emerge victorious, it’s hard to believe Orson Scott Card, the novel’s author, would want to serve a roadblock for those American citizens who are themselves marginalized by society. Although he might have some big names attached to the film, Card might have to look elsewhere for support for his anti-gay marriage sentiments.
Harrison Ford, who plays Colonel Graff, recently spoke out regarding Card’s stance against gay marriage. In response to the Supreme Court ruling striking down part of DOMA, the actor explained that there shouldn’t be any controversy surrounding the film because, “we all know that we’ve won. That humanity has won. And I think that’s the end of the story.” Rising star Asa Butterfield, who plays the title character in the film, also spoke out on the controversy. According to The Huffington Post, Butterfield was adamant that he agrees with “rights for everybody.” With insights like that, it’s no surprise the young actor was tapped to play Ender, a character known for his guts and intelligence.
Although it remains to be seen if groups will commit to boycotting the movie, we love that Lionsgate took the initiative to support the LGBTQ community. It’s admirable that the studio, which championed the adaptation of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” made sure moviegoers and fans of the series knew that it does not agree “with the personal views of Orson Scott Card.”
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