You're damn right!
What did DC think? That we wouldn't notice?! That we don't already know that Orson Scott Card has publicly called marriage equality "the end of democracy" and called for the violent overthrow of any government that attempts to "redefine" marriage? That he's on the board of the National Organization for Marriage, one of the most active anti-gay groups in America?
Did the same publisher that so bungled the "coming out" of Earth-2 Green Lantern Alan Scott think that queer fans wouldn't mind financially supporting a bigot as long as he wrote a decent Superman story???
By now the fan reactions to DC's announcement are being heard far and wide, including in the UK. The Guardian contacted Geeks OUT for a comment on the controversial choice and fan outcry, and I tried to emphasize our viewpoint that what's important is that we as a community know where our money is going and decide that thoughftully, less that a particular publisher—or individual—is pilloried for choices they have every right to make.
"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, a gay fan group. "It's a deeply disappointing and frankly weird choice."
A film of Ender's Game, co-produced by Card and starring Harrison Ford, is set to be released in November. Jarrett speculated DC was hoping pre-publicity for the movie would drive sales for the comic.
"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," said Jarrett.
They also talked to Superman super-fan and NYC performer Michael Hartney, whose eloquent letter to DC really deserves to be read and shared.
Never forget, geeks, we are living in a material world and they are all material girls—they want your money. We are a force both in the media and in the marketplace. Let's act like it—vote with your dollar. Support companies and individuals whose philosophies you want to encourage and do not support companies or individuals who campaign actively against our rights.
You'll see more about this, especially HERE, as the release date for Ender's Game, based on Card's iconic novel, approaches.
Read the full article at The Guardian, below.
Superman fans are up in arms at the decision of the publisher to appoint a noted anti-gay writer to pen the Man of Steel's latest adventures. Comic giant DC has commissioned Orson Scott Card, author of the award-winning and best-selling Ender's Game sci-fi series, to write for DC's Adventures of Superman series.