Dustin Lance Black Condemns 'Ender's Game' Boycott

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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.

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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."

Harrison Ford

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.


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