Ender’s Game, Superman and Anti-Gay Bigotry

12 Feb
Super-ally, Chris Kluwe

Super-ally, Chris Kluwe

More and more, the Sci-fi, Comic, Gaming and Anime communities have come out overwhelmingly in favor of equality for their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender friends, superheroes and artists. While these communities remain fairly dominated by straight guys, it’s rare to see homophobic messages stated – and when they are, they’re frequently challenged by allies.

World of Warcraft fan and Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe has become a hero to the LGBT community following a tongue-lashing he gave to a Maryland lawmaker (let’s just say the term “lustful cockmonster” is now a part of our country’s vernacular because of him).

Star Wars: The Old Republic now allows players to select the sexuality of their characters. In fact dozens of games now feature gay characters including Dragon’s Age II, Guild Wars 2, Tekken, Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Bully, and even a lesser-known PS2 game (which I happened to voice the lead character for) Shadow Hearts: From the New World features a gay relationship.

As for the comic industry, from Green Lantern to Archie, we’re seeing more and more openly gay and proud characters. This is nothing new.

urlSo this is why I was shocked to see that DC Comics had hired one of the most openly-homophobic science fiction writers out there to usher in the new Superman digital comic. Orson Scott Card, author of the soon-to-be-released blockbuster movie, Ender’s Game is not only anti-gay, but he is unapologetically so. In 2009, Card joined the board of one of the most virulently anti-gay organizations we know of, The National Organization for Marriage (NOM). While the name sounds innocuous enough, NOM has not only sunk millions into fights agains marriage equality, they’ve also fought against gay adoption, against safe schools for LGBT kids, and as recently reported, the gay “lifestyle” as a whole. And Card is a part of it all.

In 2000, Salon’s Donna Minkowitz outed Card as a “disgustingly outspoken homophobe” following a thorough and eye-opening interview. In his writing, he has equated homosexuality with pedophilia, and in a 2004 essay, Card stated:

“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.”

A devout Mormon, Card frequently speaks about the “radical redefinition of marriage,” which is of course fairly hypocritical considering his own church went through their own “radical redefinition of marriage” not so long ago. In 1990, Card wrote a lengthy essay titled “The Hypocrites of Homosexuality.” Throughout, he roundly admonishes gay people as nothing more than people who are giving into sin. He even goes so far as to stating that anti-sodomy laws should remain on the books making homosexuality illegal in the U.S.. He points out of course in an epilogue that those were his old views before those laws were overturned. Now he only says non-inflammatory things like:

“There are no laws left standing that discriminate against gay couples. They can visit each other in the hospital. They can benefit from each other’s insurance.”


Virulently anti-gay Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card

This was what he said last year when North Carolina was passing an anti-gay marriage amendment. He seems to ignore the fact that hospital visitation is not a law, it’s an Executive Order which can easily be overturned by the next President and his statement that we can benefit from each other’s insurance is a lie. This is completely dependent on the insurance company and the employer one has. Most companies in the U.S. still do not offer coverage for partners of LGBT employees. Finally, I’d like to point him to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (which gives heterosexual couples 1100+ rights which I don’t have), the lack of an Employment Non-Discrimination Act (meaning that in most states I can still be fired for being gay) and the 30 or so states I can be evicted from my home for being gay.

Card has gone even further though, threatening to overthrow any government who approves marriage equality:

“Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage.

Card has proven that not only is he virulently anti-gay, but he has no problem spreading lies to bring others to his wrong side of history.

All Out, an international LGBT rights organization has started a petition asking DC Comics to get rid of the anti-gay Orson Scott Card. I can’t seem to find any sort of formal boycott of his film “Ender’s Game” set for a March release, but considering 10% of his income is also tithed to the Mormon church, I’m fairly certain they won’t be seeing my $12.

6 Responses to “Ender’s Game, Superman and Anti-Gay Bigotry”

  1. Meggy81 February 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    They won’t be getting my 12$ either. And this time it’s not just because the movie sucks

  2. marchingtodrums February 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    I’m really shocked and upset, I really appreciated Orson Scott Card’s books and now I feel very let down

    • Erika. March 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Same! Card is a brilliant sci-fi writer – it’s upsetting to hear that his side job is being a homophobic bigot.

  3. arrow February 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    So the entirety of this article was to glorify one point of view and denounce another. The author and those who support them need to have their heads examined. The article was meant to bash another persons opinion and to punish said person for having one the author doesn’t agree with. I happened to enjoy Enders Game. If major Graff or Petra were flaming homosexuals in real life i’m pretty sure I wouldn’t give a damn. Here’s my twelve bucks Card. I don’t have to make a political stAtement with every breath.. You aren’t allowed to discriminate against gays but they can damn sure discriminate against your faith. Hypocrites.

    • Jamie McGonnigal February 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      Ummm, my sexuality, much like the color of my skin is not my “point of view,” it is who I am. When one person’s point of view is that I should not be allowed to live my life freely, openly and proudly, then yes, you are damned right I am going to speak against that bigoted point of view. Next time someone tells you that you should be fired from your job or evicted from your apartment because of who you love; next time someone tells you that based solely on who you love, that you should not be allowed to adopt children, have sexual relations with the person you love in the privacy of your own home, or even walk down the street holding that person’s hand, then you may have an opinion on what my “point of view” is.

      Please show me anywhere in the text of what I’ve written any sort of discrimination against Orson Scott Card. I am allowed to purchase what I want to purchase and I choose to spend my dollar knowing where that dollar is going. You have that same right. In fact – the dollars you and I spend actually subsidize the Mormon church since their church lives tax-free, raking in money only to spend it on the removal of my rights as a human being. Tell me again how I’m discriminating against Orson Scott Card, please.

      • Meggy81 February 13, 2013 at 12:08 am #

        I wish blog posts came with a like button

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