The one thing my Catholic upbringing taught me…GUILT.
Nothing shatters my world more then when someone I revered does something that baffles my logical brain. It doesn’t happen often, mainly because I don’t revere many (famous) people – most of those highly esteemed humans that have been placed on my pedestals are long dead. But, not all. And the problem with modern day mentors is that in this age of news at your fingertips, I have a hard time of separating myself from their everyday activities. This is a new phenomenon and something that gives me pause a lot of the time. I’m not a sensitive person, it takes a lot to offend me…a difference of opinion doesn’t offend me, unless that difference of opinion is based in immoral or moronic ideals.
Take authors for example. Before the age of social media I had no idea what my favorite authors did in their spare time. I had no idea that Stephen King is crazily opposed to violent video games and gun laws and Republicans. Or that Dan Brown was a Pop Singer. And I especially didn’t know that one of my favorite series was written by a man that hates gay people. In fact, because I had read and loved the series as a young adult, I had no idea about his life at all. He was just an author with a long name. I couldn’t even tell you if he was living. I wasn’t plugged in, I didn’t follow his life, I wasn’t paying attention to Orson Scott Card, there was no wiki or twitter and I definitely didn’t read any of the publications that would carry his narrow-minded opinions. All I knew was that I adored this book called ENDER’S GAME and still at the age of thirty I could reread the story and still find meaning within it’s pages.
ENDER’S GAME was the book I gave out during World Book Night. Orson Scoot Card was the author I stood in line for an hour to get his signature at ALA in New Orleans. He was just an author that wrote a great book in my mind. When I met him, he seemed like a nice old man, with a doting wife that was by his side through the whole signing.
But now, as Mr. Card’s book is about to be released into the world as a major motion picture, his voice seems to have grown louder. Like most people with a voice, grown in decibel with psuedo-celeb-status he began using this voice to speak openly about his stance on certain political topics. In March of this year his anti-gay statements pushed away a DC Comics deal and then later he wrote a piece for Mormon Times that brought a spotlight to his coming movie…and LGBT supporters began calling for a boycott of the film.
Now, I have to state here, that I’m a strong supporter of gay marriage, even though I myself am of the “straight” variety (I never really liked that term – why straight? That would signify that gay people are crooked?). Yet, though I am heterosexual, or more importantly, in the accepted majority of sexual orientation, I wouldn’t want the government or Church judging me on my relationship, because I’m sure I’m doing something “wrong” according to some ordinance or bad bible translation. I can’t understand how any logical thinking person can sit here and say that only certain people have these rights and those “other” people have other types of rights. But, that is me. The majority of these recent generations can look back on the civil right movement and be horrified that we treated other human beings that way – so why can we deny humans again in similar fashion? But, again that is me and I never enjoyed restrictions on my freedoms.
So, yes, I think the author of this great book is an asshat. I think his stance on marriage is misguided, by a dated sensibility and restricted religion. He did come out in a statement to EW that the issue was now “moot” after the U.S Supreme Court ruling on DOMA. It wasn’t exactly an apology, but maybe he was giving up?
Why does this matter though? It is just another silly psuedo-celeb using his name power to state his political stance. Why should I care? Which he seems to do often. He has repeatedly come out about his moderate Democratic stance, voicing negative opinions about Republican leaders like Sarah Palin and fellow mormon Mitt Romney. Why should I care what his political beliefs are his voice didn’t urge me to vote one way or the other? I don’t care when other celebs speak out with differing political stances. Just because this is a hot-ticket item? Should I care that Orson Scott Card is narrow minded? Should I not read his books, should I not go to see the movie? Would purchasing a ticket to see Ender’s Game fuel these beliefs? I’m sure he is using some of his funds generated through books sales to give to his “marriage” organizations. Is this, in essence, me donating to these organizations? A girl could go crazy trying to chase every dollar she spends.
I brought up this question at a family party last week, which conveniently was attended by members (okay one member, his better half was working) of the LGBT community. My cousin (relative term, we haven’t labeled our family dynamics as of this current date) knew nothing of the author’s beliefs, he had only seen the trailer of the movie. My sis, was more informed, she works within the film industry and was actually just getting off of a movie starring Harrison Ford, so she was of course better informed then myself, having had to deal with Ford’s reactions as the boycott proposals came out. All of us were of the opinion that they would see the movie. Because of course, the movie wasn’t produced, directed or starred in by the author.
Yet, still the guilt eats at me. Which in turn inspires a post like this one. Yes, I am aware of the bigotry that has been spewed by the author of ENDER’S GAME. But, I do plan on viewing the movie and am actually excited about attending. This is a book that every word brought me comfort as a young tween. I identified with Ender, I dreamed of the Battle Room and I used the things I learned from the book to make me a stronger person. How many books can you say this about? I didn’t have the luxury of reading Harry Potter as a young adult, or Twilight, or any of the other great YA novels that have been interpreted lately. Now I have the chance…why did the author have to be so ridiculous and ruin my excitement? I would have dedicated the blog to a countdown, you guys would have been sick of my Ender’s Game posts. But, I didn’t feel right in promoting the film because of his statements. But, I will still see the movie. And I will hope that the author’s statements will not detract from my viewing experience and also that the movie-makers did a good job with interpreting this very intense novel.
What about you? Will you see Ender’s Game? Do you let celebs opposing views affect your opinion of their books/movies/art?