Skip Ender's Game is a Reality; Lionsgate's Statement Changes Nothing

On Friday July 12, Lionsgate Entertainment Inc. finally broke its embarrassed silence over the controversy surrounding its upcoming big-budget space epic authored by a homophobe, Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. As Card's response did earlier in the week, Lionsgate's statement completely missed the mark and demonstrated again that Hollywood is terrified of the financial consequences of doing business with anti-gay hate.
 
Here is Geeks OUT's official response to Lionsgate:
 
As proud members of the LGBT community, champions of creative freedom and honest self-expression, and a group at whom the film Ender’s Game is directly marketed, we appreciate Lionsgate’s record of doing good things and its admirable, strongly worded rejection of Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card’s and the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-gay activism.
 
The simple fact is that Skip Ender’s Game has never been about the content of the novel or the film Ender’s Game. It’s about money. It’s about the money the company has already paid to Card and the potential millions he and the National Organization for Marriage stand to make off of the success of the film—our money.
 
A benefit premiere, indeed any outreach to the LGBT community by Lionsgate, ought to be much appreciated. What’s clear is that whether or not they support his views, Lionsgate is standing by their man and their would-be blockbuster. They made the common, perhaps cynical, calculation that audiences wouldn’t connect Ender’s Game with Card’s very public homophobia—or wouldn’t care. Geeks OUT appreciates that most American families work for every dollar and care deeply about where that money goes and what it supports.
 
Skip Ender's Game is not a threat; it is a reality. Our pledge adds hundreds of signatures every day from sci-fi fans around the world who would rather stay home than support homophobia. We have only just started and Geeks OUT and its allies are prepared to carry on past November 1. Nothing Card nor Lionsgate has said changes the fact that skipping Ender's Game is the easiest way to ensure none of your dollars go to Orson Scott Card's and the National Organization for Marriage's extreme anti-gay agenda.
 
SIGN THE SKIP ENDER'S GAME PLEDGE HERE AND SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS! WE ARE BEING HEARD.
 
Here's Lionsgate's reluctant statement in its brief entirety.
 
In case you missed it, here is Orson Scott Card's bizarre response, in which he asks for the tolerance he and his allies at the National Organization for Marriage have never shown LGBT Americans.
 
Here's Geeks OUT's response to Orson Scott Card, complete with facts.
 

Comments

faq
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

This whole thing is sad. 

It is not about money. 

It is easy to ever be the victim. 

Signing this petition is just as deplorable as a Westboro Pickett sign. 

GeeksOut sadly you have turned yourself into nothing more than a Hate Group, comprised of many angry gays. 

Jono
in response to faq
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

A boycott isn't an act of hate; your conclusions don't add up.

I'm sorry you misunderstood but thanks for reading and engaging.

faq
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

I'm sorry you are blind to your own folly

deathstar612
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

im not against anyone here but im just saying that the ender's game movie ur trying to boycott is not OrsonScott Card's work, its the studios own work. Boycotting the movie is only going to damage Lionsgate who doesnt follow card's political views. Whether the movie is successful or not isnt really going to affect Card in anyway cos his success is already from the novel he wrote himself. He has all the money already, and he said himself, the movie is Gavin Hood's adaptation not his. Ur just going to bring down the hard work of many people that had no intention to offend you guys. u shud boycott things that are directly made from Orson Scott Card if you hate him somuch, he released a new book recently right? Im just saying that this film ur going to boycott is only going to cause damage to more people instead of Orson Scott Card himself

Padmabear999
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

Congratulations JONO

NYT story says Orson Scott Card NO LONGER ON BOARD OF NOM!!!!!

Awesome

Padma

Josh
in response to deathstar612
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

Most of the people involved witht his film are salaried, and will be paid a specific amount regardless of how tehmovie performs in theaters. OSC is listed as a producer and will likely be paid in residuals, standing to make millions on top of what the studio already paid him to adapt his work. The people Lionsgate aren't our enemies, but they should have realized that writing a check for millions to a virulent anti-gay activist would have consequences. 

Michaelpsmith
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

Yes, I think punishing the hundreds or perhaps thousands of people who worked on Ender 's Gamis for the views of one person is an excellent idea.  While you're at it what son' t you advocate the banning of Pir Bulls because some have been violent, or perhaps the discontinuing of prisoner work release programs because sometimes those on release commit crimes, or etc, etched. You are a bunch of publicity addicts who love to throw stones to get people to look at you. This is not how a democracy works. Engage, don't disengage.  Talk, don't satisfy our own selfish ambitions by attacking others who don't deserve to be attacked (I am referring to the innocent victimless of your idiotic boycott). Do something positive people!

Josh
in response to Michaelpsmith
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

Who's throwing stones now?

lenprobert
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

Don't just look at Ender's Game for anti-gay sentiment. Look at it for its conservative values. This novel is a solid endorsement of the Vietnam War and war in general. I hated the book when I read it and could not understand why my liberal friends, who were much younger than I, liked it so much. It reminded me of how I loved Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged when I was seventeen, but then grew up, realized I wasn't the center of the universe and that I needed to contribute to society and not just take care of myself. Now I hate anything Rand wrote. If you read this novel as a teenager, reread it now as an adult and realize that it helped contribute to the conservative swing this country has taken since the Reagan administration. And besides, Orson Card is not a very good writer when compared to the likes of Heinlein, Herbert, or Dick.

shinigami.emrys
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

what freakish universe are y'all from where every movie that comes out is entitled to everyone spending money and going to see it? some people are making an informed decision not to see a movie. how is this any different than discussing it with friends and deciding not to go? that isn't censorship, a hate crime, or intolerance. it's a huge disrespect to situations that have actually involved censorship and intolerance to compare them. no one is obligated to see a movie if they disagree with anything about it. newsflash: i have the right to abstain from a movie just because i don't like the colour font the title is splashed in! what on earth are you idiots smoking? The people making the movie are not being 'punished'. no one owes them a pity-fuck in terms of ticket sales. do you eat at restaurants with food you don't care for because you feel bad for the waiter? everyone is so worried for the poor movie company employees--who, as pointed out above, will be fine--what about people that NOM wants to hurt? again, not that anyone needs a fucking iron-clad excuse to not see a movie. "I don't like profanity. I don't approve of pro-war messages. There's too much sex." no one bats an eye at reasons like this. it's almost like peoples' morals are a personal matter or something.

 

boycotting and nonviolent protest, voting with your dollar...this is the most American, capitalist-friendly act a person can take. so i guess i just have to ask why you all hate America so much? are you trying to let the terrorists win? I BET YOU'RE FORCED TO WATCH MOVIES IN THE MIDDLE EA--okay i can't continue this with a straight face. but just be aware that how absurd i'm being, that's how you sound right now. and what even for? a shitty sci-fi flick based on a white dude's power fantasies from thirty fucking years ago. now if you'll excuse me, i'm going to go and NOT buy the latest CoD, since it's my money that i worked for and i can do what the hell ever i want with it. try not to have an aneurysm over that.

coolfungy17
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

Yeah, I get to choose where my money goes. It never goes to Walmart & it never goes to the Boy Scouts either. It's called open market. People communicating and organizing and saying - "Hey, let's not spend our money together on something that is harmful to us" is completely democratic. If you don't agree, then go see the movie (it looks awful anyway). But don't disparage the rest of us who don't want any of our hard earned cash going to this homophobe. 

PJ
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

Keep up this important message, Geeks OUT!

Evidently there are an awful lot of people who do not understand the point of this boycott. Sad that so many readers of Sci-Fi are so slow on the uptake. ENDERS GAME -- the story, the book, the film, the milieu -- is not upsetting to anyone. It's the author's personal views and his history (and oft-stated intention!) of financially supporting the codifying of anti-LGBT discrimination into law for the whole nation.

No thanks, but I will never willingly spend any of my money on such efforts. And why on earth would anyone expect me to?

Again, thanks to Geeks OUT, I now know that buying a ticket to ENDERS GAME (or purchasing the DVD, or Blu-ray, or VOD, or any associated merchandise) will indeed be just as if I cut a personal check to the National Organization for Marriage. (Yeah, I realize only a small portion will go toward that, but 1 cent is too much for me if it came from my pocket.)

wheelchairpro
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

I created this account because I am a fan of the book... This has nothing to do with a homophobic author and I am in support of gay marriage but this boycot is just some agenda that yall have against the Nation Organization of Marriage the same way that they have an agenda against the LGBT.. grow up and stop acting like petty children. You are acting just like them...

PJ
in response to wheelchairpro
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

You claim to be "in support of gay marriage" yet find no intellectual discord in giving your money to a person who will spend that money trying his best to make same-sex marriage illegal, as well as trying to roll back civil liberties and mainstream acceptance of LGBT people in general. You may have the luxury of looking at this issue purely from the point of view of your enjoyment reading a YA Sci-Fi novel. But to some of us, this is our LIVES this man is trying to dismantle and destroy. If Orson Scott Card were spending that money trying to outlaw something important to YOU, I imagine you wouldn't be attempting to draw a spurious moral equivalence here.

coolfungy17
 on Sat, July 13, 2013

Again - everyone against this boycott - go see the movie. The rest of us are not acting like children because we don't want to give our money to a homphobe who will use his resources to affect legislation aginst our community. We have every right and responsibility to not give this production our money. It's not childish, it's responsible. And also - you can go f-off, I can spend my money how I want. It's mine. I earned it.

coloracer2003
 on Sun, July 14, 2013

OSC is also Mormon.  So should all non LDS faiths boycott this film too??  Jono, you are propagating hate by attempting to boycott this movie.  Imagine all of the authors on this list http://www.ranker.com/list/gay-authors-list-of-famous-lgbt-writers/kron34 that we would never have heard of had ignorant idiots like yourself had boycotted the publishing houses or scribes, etc... who helped share their work with the world.  A great story exceeds not just a readers personal experiences, but those of the author.  If you took the time to actually read Enders Game then perhaps you wouldn't be acting like a total jerk.  It's one of the greatest science fiction stories ever written and an ignorant voice like your own will never silence a great story.  So sit at home, pout while you whack off to whatever passes for pr0n in your poor pitiful life while I enjoy one of the greatest sci fi stories of all time.

coolfungy17
 on Sun, July 14, 2013

UGH! Really Coloracer2003?! We are not "propagating hate" by not spending our money on something we don't believe in. I don't need to read his works. I'm not interested. And it doesn't mean I'm pathetic or an idiot. There are plenty of other authors out there and other genres that I can read. You clearly are the one with hate - telling people their lives are pitiful. My life ain't pitiful, I'm happily "coupled" (can't marry in this state yet) and I am fulfilled. I don't need Ender's Game to be happy and I choose where my money goes. Not you, not Lionsgate. Damn right I wouldn't support others who are against my rights. I don't care how supposedly "good" their work is. They don't get my money to use against me. It's democratic and it's my/our right. "Greatest sci-fi story of all time"  PLEASE! How about Star Wars douche, the real "Greatest Sci-Fi story ever told. 

theletterfifteen
in response to faq
 on Mon, July 15, 2013

Yeah, no. By what you're saying, this is more like if Westboro Baptist Church members just didn't go to funerals... Which wouldn't be a problem.

And the connection doesn't even make sense. One is intolerant, the other is anti-intolerance.

juliaaiceni
 on Tue, July 16, 2013

Basicly I want to ditto Wheelchairpro, apart from the fact I am TS and proud of myself, worked damn hard getting to where I am now, I dont give a flying fart what Cards personal views are hes a great Sci fi author.

If your so afraid of giving your money to anti gays and homophobe's, I sugest you never leave your house or spend any money anywhere, you realy believe the pnly homophobe you may pay is OSC, bollox you give you cash to lots of them every dam day.

You want to rant and rave about OSC then do so honestly, while your at it why not boycote all films thqat contain any sort of violance isnt that just as wrong?.

wheelchairpro wheelchairpro wheelchairpro

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