"Ender's Game" author Orson Scott Card's anti-gay marriage views got the movie adaptation of his popular sci-fi novel some unwanted attention last week, when an LGBT group threatened to boycott the film.
After Scott Card brushed off the proposed protest with a statement dismissing the entire gay marriage debate as "moot," studio Lionsgate was quick to issue its own statement establishing itself as squarely in disagreement with the conservative writer.
"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," Lionsgate said.
However, the studio made it clear that the "Ender's Game" story, about children recruited to fight in an intergalactic war against an alien species, has nothing to do with Scott Card's personal opinions. "The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form," Lionsgate continued. "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."
Star Harrison Ford echoed that sentiment yesterday during a Comic-Con appearance promoting "Ender's Game."
"No part of the story concerns Mr. Card's theories about society in terms of gay issues or homosexual issues," he said. "So I hold it completely separate. I think it's an imaginative and complex story. And I'm glad he told it. And I'm glad I had a chance to be a part of it."
To Scott Card's controversial assertion that gay marriage -- legal (or about to be legal) in only 13 states -- is no longer in dispute, Ford continued, "I think he has a right to his opinions and I think he has also made it clear that it was a battle that he fought and lost and would like to get on with the rest of life."
Also present at Comic-Con, "Ender's Game" director Gavin Hood was more forward with his personal beliefs. After openly decrying Scott Card's position, Hood lamented, "I think it's slightly bitterly ironic that those themes [of kindness and compassion] that are present in the book are not carried through on his particular view on gay marriage."