To head off the growing boycott of the upcoming Ender’s Game film due to antigay comments made by the book’s author Orson Scott Card and opposition to marriage equality, the film’s director, Gavin Hood, and stars have have made their support for LGBT equality clear today at San Diego Comic Con.
“My view is I’ve been a member of the Courage Campaign (a pro-equality group organization in California) for many years,” said Hood to the Associated Press. “I’m a little distressed by his point of view on gay marriage.” Hood, who won an Academy Award for directing the 2005 film Tsotsi, then reminded that the book isn’t about that marriage equality.
He added: “I hope people can still appreciate the book because I think he wrote a great book, and the themes and ideas in the book, I think, are universal and timeless and applicable, and I hope the book will still be appreciated as a great work of art, even though I don’t agree with the author. I optioned the book, not an author, and I love what the author said in that book.”
Although Card, a Mormon board member of NOM, turned down an interview request by AP, he released a statement to Entertainment Weekly recently in which he claimed the issue surrounding his opinion on marriage equality is now “moot” given the Supreme Court’s recent ruling. “Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute,” Card said.
Asa Butterfield, who plays the film’s title character, offered “I agree with rights for everybody” and insisted that Card’s views shouldn’t change how audiences receive the film or book. ”You can’t blame a work for its author,” the 16-year-old British actor said.
“I think it’s slightly bitterly ironic that [themes of kindness and compassion] that are present in the book are not carried through on [Card's] particular view on gay marriage,” Hood added.