There’s always been a lot of praise hanging around the book Ender’s Game for years. At the same time there are many who have heard of author Orson Scott Card‘s remarks against gays that have been offensive to many. Now there’s been a considerable amount of backlash in regards to the Ender’s Game movie, but Card wants to make sure that fans separate their political viewpoints away from it and to tell the world that the whole debate about gays doesn’t really count for much anymore. Uh oh.
When interviewed by EW, Orson Scott Card finally spoke out about how people have perceived his comments on the gays. This is his response:
Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.
With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.
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.
From the way he worded his statement, he’s not retracting any anti-gay statements he’s made at any point in time. Instead he’s used this statement as a shield to tell people basically to back off, stop bringing it up and focus on the literary work rather than his own personal views on a specific group of people. While that’s all right, at the same time you can’t help but wonder whether or not those in the pro-gay community find this insulting, as a way for them to wave off his comments, kind of accept them as they are and move on. Either way, the debate continues.
What do you think of Orson Scott Card’s comment?