Lionsgate responds to 'Ender's Game' controversy
July 15th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Lionsgate responds to 'Ender's Game' controversy

"Ender's Game" author Orson Scott Card may have recently proclaimed the gay marriage issue "moot," but studio Lionsgate isn't done addressing the conversation.

The studio is adapting Card's popular novel into a movie this fall, and potential viewers have threatened to boycott the movie as a call to action against Card's views on gay marriage.

The controversy prompted Card to release a statement last week, in which he said that the futuristic "Ender's Game" "has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984."

"Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute," Card concluded.

Lionsgate, meanwhile, isn't interested in waiting around. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, the studio distanced itself from Card's stance.

“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, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of "Ender's Game." The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. ... Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for 'Ender's Game.'"

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  1. Zero


    July 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. b0bc4t

    It might have made sense for the article to at least touch on the controversy, which is central to the article, within the article, so that we who are not familiar with the 'controversy', could understand the need for the disclaimers.

    July 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Movie Star

    the guy has a dysfunctional s-x life and now they are calling him an addict...stupid

    July 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pliny

    Orsen Card is a hypocrite. A money-grubbing hypocrite.

    And Lionsgate is filled with fools for ever doing business with him, and not expecting this to happen.

    If his paycheck were not on the line, Card would still be spewing his hate.

    Personally....i thought the book was REALLY BAD. If you read it, you can easily see how he expanded it from it's original version to the bloated hodge-podge-plot. And the idiotic ending...that in the final 'game'....Ender was actually fighting the aliens, and not simulating the fight....was a very poor attempt at a Matheson-esque ending.

    July 16, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Go Pliny!!! Smear that sh!t in his face and make him eat it!!!

      July 17, 2013 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Dani3l

      Card is still spewing hate. He retains his position on the board of directors for NOM, an organization routinely criticized by the SPLC for it's anti-gay propaganda efforts. Money Card derives from this film will certainly be used to fund legislation deepening existing discrimination against LGBT people. Card didn't just sell screenplay rights to Ender's Game to Lionsgate, he is a co-producer of the film. Whatever message the movie may present, the profits from it will be used to pay for attacks on the rights of lesbians and gays. This is still an issue, and a benefit gala by Lionsgate doesn't offset it, although that is a nice gesture on their part.

      July 17, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Kikaider

      The guys a great writer. I don't give a damn about his political views. I will watch the movie, and then eat a Chick-fil-A sandwich!

      August 1, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Same3

    I would go see this movie..

    July 16, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marie Pil

    Harrison Ford is hot

    July 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cartman

    Maybe it's me but I think Lesbeans are hella funny. Especially gay ones.

    July 16, 2013 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. kum


    July 16, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      "Folks"? Who your immaginary turd friends? Yuo really are a pathetic hack. hahahaha! I laugh at you and your pathetic posts.

      July 16, 2013 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. How long have i given this movie and never said word about him?

    2006 until 2014....stabbed in the back 2009 and continues too as usual...

    July 16, 2013 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. MichelleText 610am and i quote:

    she's my marriage role model...haaaaaaaaaaaa

    July 16, 2013 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. VictoriaText--6am

    illusions more like delusions...hahahahahah

    July 16, 2013 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Vito Text and i quote...

    yuck how old is she?

    July 16, 2013 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. ann marie text and i quote....


    July 16, 2013 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Is everyone on?

    are you reading this

    July 16, 2013 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Women Against Plain Jane's

    ewwwwwwwwww no way

    July 16, 2013 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  16. doe doe brain

    once again...can you imagine at her age pushing 50 and tricked into it after years of being together? you cannot make this stuff up folks....

    July 16, 2013 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  17. Tricked and Still on the Cam

    that is so sad

    July 16, 2013 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  18. Tricked

    the last person I would use as an example in relationships is you....I can assure you of that...I would never ever ever
    follow what you do in a marriage...I have positive people in my life that know what they are doing...screaming at him 24 hours and day belittling him in front of everyone may deserve it

    July 16, 2013 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  19. Sad Stuff

    Tricked, used ...couples should not do that...that's the way you sad....

    July 16, 2013 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  20. M.A.P. Dear....

    I would rethink what is coming out of your look like a fool right now.

    July 16, 2013 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Thanks but I don't take advice from annonymous fat hack slobs. Mind your own business, dear!

      July 16, 2013 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      What, I should rethink my position on redneck h0m0-phobes such as yourself? I wouldn't pi$$ on em if they were burning.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  21. Bex

    happy couples never think that way...another mess

    July 16, 2013 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  22. Jane

    read through them...nothing too for an opinion about...same distorted info

    July 16, 2013 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  23. call anyway jay..k?


    July 16, 2013 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  24. Jane

    heading out in 1/2 hr...bye all enjoy your evenings

    July 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Emily

    I read the book last summer and its about these people in space who are really really constipated so Earth sends out a rescue ship loaded with prunes.

    July 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  26. do i have too pay for these tokens...what am i doing please.


    July 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Emily

    It might be an ok movie. Probably not though.

    July 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  28. DH

    Definition of moot: "Open to Discussion!"

    July 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |

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