With backlash building against the upcoming sci-fi movie "Ender's Game," Lionsgate is finally addressing the controversy surrounding author Orson Scott Card's anti-gay marriage beliefs.
The writer of the 1985 sci-fi book has come under fire for his opposition to same-sex marriage, with some groups vowing to boycott the film adaptation. Now, Lionsgate is distancing itself from the author, saying it does "not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card." The studio also plans to hold a benefit premiere to support LGBT causes.
Card's views are of long-standing origin. He is a member of the National Organization for Marriage, which is against same-sex unions, and has written essays in The Deseret News and the Mormon Times opposing gay marriage.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this week, Card called the issue "moot" after the Supreme Court's recent ruling against parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. He also asked gay marriage supporters to "show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute."
Here's the full statement from Lionsgate:
As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from GODS AND MONSTERS to THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and a Company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of ENDER'S GAME. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for ENDER'S GAME.