Harrison Ford Responds To Orson Scott Card Homophobia Scandal With Indifference
The actor sees a lot of social issues that could be tackled in Ender's Game, but marriage equality is not one of them.
There’s been a whole lot of controversy swirling around in the media around the homophobic views of Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card. While Card has been open about his opinions in the past, it is only in recent months that his statements began to surface and gain traction online, the pickup obviously due to the pending release of the Ender’s Game movie. While some have called for a complete boycott of Card’s work and the Boycott Ender’s Game campaign is gaining traction online, the studio (Summit) is desperately trying to raise the project’s rep a bit. During a Thursday panel at Comic-Con, during which everyone involved reportedly acknowledged and distanced themselves from Card’s comments, and Card himself has declared the issue of gay marriage “moot” after last month’s Supreme Court ruling, Ford explained that he had no strong feelings about Card’s opinion either way, CNN reported today..
"I think none of Mr. Card's concerns regarding the issues of gay marriage are part of the thematics of this film," Ford said. "He has written something that I think is of value to us all concerning moral responsibility. I think his views outside of those that we deal with in this film are not an issue for me to deal with and something I have really no opinion on.”
Harrison Ford has no opinion either way.
He went on to discuss the ethics and moral questions of waging a war at a distance, as presented in the film and linked the topic to the hot button issue of drone warfare, noting that the film has no relation to the controversial topic of gay marriage whatsoever. Instead, Ford presented some of the film’s other topics as relating to current social issues. While it may not be exactly a defense for the movie, which comes out on November 1st, maybe the actor’s comment will succeed in diverting people’s attention away from Card’s views for just long enough for everyone else involved with the film to also make some money.
He urged people to see Ender's Game for the other social issues it tackles.