Boycott of Ender’s Game doesn’t quite make sense

Sometimes you have to separate the art from the artist.

This thought came to mind while following (not that closely but closely enough) the controversy surrounding the upcoming Sci-fi flick, “Ender’s Game,” based on the extremely popular novel of the same name. The controversy is directed at the author of the book who has not been at all shy about his opposition to same-sex marriage. The possibility of a boycott has been raised.

First of all, I am completely in favor of same sex marriage. Whoever anyone wants to marry is their own damned business and the idea that marriage ever had to be ‘protected’ from gays and lesbians who love one another is totally absurd. To me. Obviously not everyone agrees with that position, and that’s fine.

But here’s the thing; the minute we try to boycott the creation because the creator is less than ideal is the minute we strap ourselves to a standard that is near impossible to maintain in the long run.   It’s an unfortunate fact that even terrible people, misguided people, are perfectly capable of producing wonderful art. Expecting all great artists to be morally upright individuals with views exactly like our own is simply an unsustainable ideal and causes about as many problems as demanding that all of our sports heroes be role models. It just doesn’t work and is an unreasonable demand. It would be one thing if “Ender’s Game” the movie was openly anti-gay, but having read the book I know for a fact that the them of homosexuality – pro or con- doesn’t even enter into the storyline at all.

Orson Scott Card’s views on homosexuality are far from my own, but that doesn’t change the fact that he has created something fantastic.

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