DC Comics has hired Orson Scott Card, author of the Ender’s Game sci-fi series, to write for 'Adventures of Superman' digital comic, which will debut in April.
According to The Guardian, Card has called gay marriage “the end of democracy in America” and is a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that campaigns against same-sex marriage.
Last year when North Carolina was voting to ban same sex unions, Card wrote that legalizing gay marriage was “not about making it possible for gay people to become couples. It’s about giving the left the power to force anti-religious values on our children. Once they legalize gay marriage, it will be the bludgeon they use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools.”
“Superman stands for truth, justice and the American way. Orson Scott Card does not stand for any idea of truth, justice or the American way that I can subscribe to,” said Jono Jarrett of Geeks Out. “It’s a deeply disappointing and frankly weird choice.”
“I feel like they were hoping that no one will notice. It’s a free country, and what’s important is what we do here. This is a man who wants to take away my civil rights, and I will not be giving him my money."
Actor Michael Hartney has written to DC Comics voicing his concerns about Card. He posted the letter on his Tumblr.com blog:
If this was a Holocaust denier or a white supremacist, there would be no question. Hiring that writer would be an embarrassment to your company. Well, Card is an embarrassment to your company, DC.
And of all the characters Card could have been hired to write, you give him Superman? The character that taught me to lead by example? To do the right thing, even when it was hard? To keep going, even when it seemed hopeless? What an insult. Kids are killing themselves. They are killing themselves in a climate of intolerance and homophobia publicly fostered by people like Orson Scott Card. You don’t have to contribute to this. You shouldn’t. You mustn’t.
Allout.org has started a petition calling for DC Comics to drop Card. so far it has over 4,000 signatures.
DC Comics declined to comment on the controversy.
DC Comics has turned a couple of their heroes gay. Alan Scott, Green Lantern, was revealed to be gay last year and Batwoman came out as a lesbian in 2006.