Dustin Lance Black Condemns 'Ender's Game' Boycott
The LGBT Rights advocate gives his thoughts
The movie version of Orsen Scott Card’s Ender’s Game has faced controversy from its inception, largely due to the homophobic views of the writer himself. But Dustin Lance Black – the writer of gay civil rights biopic Milk – has spoken against the boycott of Ender’s Game started by the gay community.
Dustin Lance Black is a prominent figure for gay rights
Scott-Card has spoken out about gay rights and same sex marriage before, and upholds his views to his day. Because of that, Geeks Out – a US activist group – attempted to create a boycott campaign against the movie, urging people not to support it in anyway. This boycott has been labelled misguided by Lance-Black. "There's so much good to be done right now," he wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.
"Boycotting a movie made by 99% LGBT equality folks in an LGBT equality industry is a waste of our collective energy. Making one phone call to a relative in the south who isn't quite there yet would be 1,000 times more effective." He later posted: "The homophobic novelist who wrote the book hasn't been involved in decades. Misguided boycott."
Scott-Card himself has attempted to diffuse the situation, and differentiate between his views and his art. "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," he wrote in a statement last week.
What do you think, should people boycott a film because the creator is anti-gay? Or should someone with freedom of speech be allowed to create art in the same way as anyone else? Let us know in the comments section below.