We’re just days away from what should be a fun weekend in San Diego but one of the panels arriving at Comic-Con this year is already garnering it’s share of controversy. While Lionsgate and convention promoters are pointing to Harrison Ford’s presence on the panel, activists and gay-rights groups are slamming the film because of it’s openly anti-gay author Orson Scott.
The problem people have is that Hollywood, a faction on the country being applauded for progressively helping to usher in the gay-friendly world we are living in today, is paying and profiting off of a man who is starkly against what Hollywood has openly embraced.
Scott will not be appearing on the panel and is not going to be used in promotion for the film, and Lionsgate is making sure they distance themselves as much as they can from Scott ahead of the release of the film.
The studio released a statement on Friday saying that they fully support LGBT groups and aren’t trying to offend anyone by producing Enders Game, a film they say shares no beliefs with Scott.
As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from Gods and Monsters to The Perks of Being a Wallflower and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of Ender’s Game. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for Ender’s Game.
The film is garnering the wrong kind of attention that executives would have liked, and their statement is an attempt to calm the masses and more importantly to establish that by producing Scott’s novel, they are not sharing his beliefs.
Still, people are being urged to boycott the film in order to keep money out of Scott’s pockets, and we will have to wait until November 1st to see what ultimately happens.