Gay rights activists are urging fans to boycott Harrison Ford’s latest movie “Ender’s Game”. The boycott has nothing to do with Ford but more because of the anti-gay views of Orson Scott Card, the author behind the sci-fi thriller. According to the Hollywood Reporter on July 8, the gay organization Geeks Out have planned the boycott against the film that is set to hit theaters in November.
Card has been a very outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage. His views against marriage equality goes so deep that he joined the board of America’s National Organization for Marriage in 2009. The main purpose of the group at the time was to support California’s Proposition 8 legislation to ban gay marriage which was recently overturned by the Supreme Court.
Activists from the Geeks OUT campaign group have launched a drive online called “Skip Ender’s Game”, which urges moviegoers to boycott the film and refrain from buying any merchandise associated with the film.
Geeks Out writes on their “Skip Ender’s Game” website:
“Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.”
The group’s main argument is that by supporting the movie, moviegoers will be building the fortune of Card which in turn will be adding money to support his organization’s opposition of same-sex marriage. This isn’t the first time the author has been boycotted for his views. In February, fans called for a boycott of DC Comics because the Card was hired to write two episodes of a new Superman Comic.
Ironically, the movies leading star actor has recently spoken out on gay marriage. Back in April, Harrison Ford said in an interview with Metro that “we’re getting there” when it comes to marriage equality.
He said during the interview:
“You know, you would hope that it would have happened with less resistance. you would have hoped that everyone would get the point at the same time, but life’s not like that.”
Indeed it’s not. The person behind the story of Ford’s latest film, is the opposition he was talking about.