Orson Scott Card and Cognitive Dissonance, revisited
In the wake of the last boycott threat, D.C. bowed to pressure and cancelled their plans to have Mr. Card write for Superman. While it is nearly impossible that this new boycott campaign will stop the studio from releasing Ender’s Game, it could have a very large impact on its performance at the box office, (although it will be interesting to see if a counter-protest in the same vein as the far right’s reaction to the Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby scandals ends up offsetting the work of groups like Geeks OUT).
This is obviously a very emotionally charged topic, and the question of whether or not one should boycott the work of a creative because of political disagreements is in many cases a very personal one. At Convergence last weekend, this very topic came up on a panel I sat on called “The Top 100 Sci-Fi books to Read Before You Die” with Ender’s Game being mentioned by name. One panelist was concerned about keeping any of Mr. Card’s books on his shelf because of the message it might send to his own LGTB friends and family members, while a gay audience member said he had at least three of his books in his living room, because he believed in judging a work on its own merits.
My personal answer to the question is a little more complicated, as I tried to explain during the panel. I will probably go and see Ender’s Game for myself, but have no issue with others making a different choice. I wrote a blog post about this topic a few months back that outlines my reasoning in greater detail. You can find it here.
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