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Friendly reminder: If you want to see Ender's Game, torrent that shit

Do not financially support that movie.

Do not financially support Orson Scott Card. 

At all.

In any way.


OSC and the “Homosexual Agenda”

In 2008, Card lamented that he had for so long been labeled a “homophobe” because of his stated positions on homosexuality. Here’s a run-down on what he said. Notably, he’s become far more vocal and politically active in the fight against gay marriage in recent years.

1990: Card argued that states should keep sodomy laws on the books in order to punish unruly gays–presumably implying that the fear of breaking the law ought to keep most gay men in the closet where they belonged.

2004: He claimed that most homosexuals are the self-loathing victims of child abuse, who became gay “through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse.”

2008: In 2008, Card published his most controversial anti-gay screed yet, in the Mormon Times, where he argued that gay marriage “marks the end of democracy in America,” that homosexuality was a “tragic genetic mixup,” and that allowing courts to redefine marriage was a slippery slope towards total homosexual political rule and the classifying of anyone who disagreed as “mentally ill:”

A term that has mental-health implications (homophobe) is now routinely applied to anyone who deviates from the politically correct line. How long before opposing gay marriage, or refusing to recognize it, gets you officially classified as “mentally ill”

Remember how rapidly gay marriage has become a requirement. When gay rights were being enforced by the courts back in the ’70s and ’80s, we were repeatedly told by all the proponents of gay rights that they would never attempt to legalize gay marriage.

It took about 15 minutes for that promise to be broken. …

If a court declared that from now on, “blind” and “sighted” would be synonyms, would that mean that it would be safe for blind people to drive cars?

No matter how sexually attracted a man might be toward other men, or a woman toward other women, and no matter how close the bonds of affection and friendship might be within same-sex couples, there is no act of court or Congress that can make these relationships thesame as the coupling between a man and a woman.

This is a permanent fact of nature.

Card went on to advocate for, literally, a straight people’s insurrection against a pro-gay government:

[W]hen government is the enemy of marriage, then the people who are actually creating successful marriages have no choice but to change governments, by whatever means is made possible or necessary… 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….

2009: He joined the board for anti-gay lobby The National Organization for Marriage, which was created to pass California’s notorious Proposition 8, banning gay marriage.

2012: He supported his home state North Carolina’s constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage by arguingthat gay marriage “will be the bludgeon [The Left] use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools.”

And there’s more.

Fuck him.

Fuck Orson Scott Card. Dont give him a single penny.

Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.

~Orson Scott Card, on his stance on queer rights and whether people should see the movie even though he has contributed time & money & membership to anti-gay hate groups. x

It’s almost as if he’s trying to suggest that queer people who wanted equal rights didn’t exist in 1984, and that the future won’t have any queer people in it. 


Shadow of the Homophobe

When I first learned that Orson Scott Card was homophobic, I subscribed to the “but it doesn’t affect his writing!” view. This was while the “Shadow” series was coming out, and while it was pulpy and inconsistent with the original Ender series, I enjoyed it well enough… it was like decent quality fan fic of the Enderverse, basically.

But then I got to a point in one of the books (Shadow of the Hegemon, maybe?) where the protagonist, who up until that point had been determined that his genetically engineered traits should die with him, realizes that he MUST breed. Why? Because he’s had a flash of his super-intuition–which the books thus far have demonstrated gives him infallible if somewhat random insight–that the point of life is to find someone of the opposite sex to reproduce with, and anyone who denies this is sick in the mind and any happiness they claim to feel is a lie or delusion.

You know what that is?

That is Orson Scott Card’s views on human sexuality, inserted into the middle of the novel as Unassailable Fact.

In the Enderverse, Orson Scott Card’s views on heterosexual supremacy and the ill/deranged status of anyone who isn’t a married sexually active heterosexual are CANON.

That book is on a very short list of books I didn’t finish reading. Usually it’s physically painful for me to put down a book unfinished for long. This one made me sick to my stomach to continue reading.

I’ve posted about this before and had people rush to tell me that the scene in question wasn’t “about” gay people, it was about the protagonist and his needs. Well, yes, but unless we believe that this one intuitive flash alone was wrong, the book establishes that his needs are the needs of every human being. And no, it’s not “about” gay people… it’s about straight people. Orson Scott Card doesn’t believe that gay people exists. You know how some fundamentalist Christians don’t believe anyone doesn’t believe in Christ and their God, we’re all just naughty children who are pretending not to out of spite? That’s how Orson Scott Card views queer people. And in the world of Ender’s Game, he’s right. 

Think about how… for lack of a better word… childish a writer has to be to set up a multi-book plot arc that culminates in the phlebotinum of his imaginary universe proving him right. He out Randed Ayn Rand. 

And once that really blatant example was in front of my face, I realized that wasn’t the only time that the idea that there’s an inexorable force that draws men and women together to form babbies and it cannot be safely denied cropped up in his writing. Just never as blatantly.

Today, being a bit more mature and knowing what I know of the extent of his activities, I would have stopped reading him even if I could believe that his writing isn’t affected by his views. But Orson Scott Card the homophobe doesn’t stop being Orson Scott Card the homophobe when he puts on his writer’s hat. When you read his work, you are reading homophobic works.