Orson Scott Card, the author of “Enders Game,” says that activists who attack his views on homosexuality won’t have the effect they want.
“[The criticism] won’t affect my work,” he told the Desert News. “Will it affect the reception of my work? Of course, but not in ways that they expect. My sales go up with such attacks.”
Activists have proposed a boycott of the film adaptation of Card’s book, although Card stands to make no money from ticket sales.
A petition online calling for audiences to Skip Enders Game has over 11,000 signatures. “Do not let your box-office dollars fuel his anti-gay agenda,” the petition says.
Card said activists are attacking him personally, not his work.
“I’ve had no criticism. I’ve had savage, lying, deceptive personal attacks, but no actual criticism because they’ve never addressed any of my actual ideas,” he said. “Character assassination seems to be the only political method that is in use today, and I don’t play that game, and you can’t defend against it. All you can do is try to offer ideas, and for those who want to listen to ideas, great. For those who simply want to punish you for not falling in line with their dogmas, there’s really not much you can do about it.”
His anti-gay remarks date back to 1990, according to Salon, when he claimed states’ anti-sodomy laws should remain on the books. In 2004, he reportedly said most homosexual are self-loathing victims of child abuse.
“The dark secret of homosexual society — the one that dares not speak its name — is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally,” Card wrote.
Those who worked on the film adaptation of “Enders Game,” one of the most successful science fiction novels of all time, distanced themselves from Card’s views.
“None of Mr. Card’s concerns regarding the issue of gay marriage are part of the thematics of this film,” Harrison Ford told an audience at the San Diego Comic-Con in July. “He has written something that I think is of value to us all [in] considering our moral responsibilities. I think his views outside of those that we deal with in this film are not an issue for me to deal with, so I have really no opinion on that issue. And I am aware of his statements admitting that the question of gay marriage is a battle that he lost, and he admits that he lost it.”
Some fans refuse to boycott, despite the fact that they’re gay.
“Being gay doesn’t define me,” wrote Luis Morales on the Skip Ender’s Game Facebook page. “His work is worth admiring. His personal beliefs not so much. Either way, as a member of the LGBT community I will be there Nov. 1 to watch one of my favorite books come to life in theaters.”