Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield, right, in 'Ender's Game' (Photo: Summit Entertainment)
Geeks OUT has launched an online protest of the film due to author Orson Scott Card being an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. Called "Skip Ender's Game," the boycott urges potential audiences to steer clear of the film, which is based on Card's popular 1985 novel.
"Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand," Geeks OUT officials write. "Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card's pockets."
Geeks OUT is organizing a series of "Skip Ender's Game" events in New York, Orlando, Seattle, and other major U.S. cities to coincide with the movie's debut this November.
Orson Scott Card has been an outspoken opponent of gay rights for several years. In 2009, he joined the board of directors at the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which opposes same-sex marriage and was created to pass California's Proposition 8. His own personal views on the LGBT community were expressed in a Mormon Times piece that same year: "Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down."
In that same op-ed piece, Card wrote that gay marriage "marks the end of democracy in America," that homosexuality was a "tragic genetic mix-up" and that "allowing courts to redefine marriage was a slippery slope towards total homosexual political rule and the classifying of anyone who disagreed as 'mentally ill.'"
Card also referred to same-sex attraction as a "reproductive dysfunction" in a May 2012 article in Greensboro, North Carolina's Rhino Times in support of the state's gay marriage ban Amendment One.
"Ender's Game" follows the adventures of Ender Wiggin, a gifted young boy who's trained at an advanced military school to lead the attack against the second wave of an alien invasion that left the Earth decimated 70 years earlier. The film, directed by Gavin Hood and starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, and Hailee Steinfeld, will hit theaters on November 1.
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