Card playing Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is a great science fiction novel. It was written by Orson Scott Card, an author who is politically active, and very much to the right of Genghis Khan. He doesn’t like gay people.

This might be a minor diversion, primarily for those interested in that genre of book, or that aspect of human rights – and quite right, too – were it not for one multi-million dollar focus: the book has just been released as a film.

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s the lowdown on some of what is going on, according to a sharp piece in Mother Jones.

Ender’s Game has a lot going for it. It’s a special-effects-pumped thrill ride based on a beloved 1985 science fiction novel. It’s well-cast and well-acted. It’s a crowd pleaser that pays just enough lip service to philosophical questions on desensitization and the morality of war. And the critical reception has been pretty good.

Studio executives must be thrilled about all of this, especially since Ender’s Game demands a sequel, if the $110-million film makes enough dough to warrant it. But there’s something that Summit Entertainment, Lionsgate, and the filmmakers involved definitely are not thrilled about, and that’s the politics of Orson Scott Card, the source material’s author. For one thing, the 62-year-old American author hates gay people. Like a lot. We could spend all day going over the various ways in which Card hates gay people, gay sex, gay nuptials, gay everything. But the only thing you need to know about his views on the LGBT community is that he has openly supported the overthrow of the US government if it legalized same-sex marriage. Card’s general political paranoia is also something to behold: Obama is a totalitarian despot who, in his bid for lifelong rule, could soon recruit mobs of unemployed urban youths to serve as his leftist “brown shirts.”

So, yeah, Card is an absolute, mean-spirited nut. He certainly isn’t the first celebrity to be one, and he isn’t even the only controversial name that’s attached to a movie that’s in theaters today. Card wasn’t creatively involved in the film adaptation, beyond having a one-line, voice-only cameo as a pilot.

You can read it all, here.

At times it seems like the USA is at war with itself. Now who does that remind me of?