I know, I’m subtle. But as the title says, I’m not thrilled with Card as a person. He actively opposes gay rights, and puts his own money into opposing gay marriage. As someone who thinks that human rights are not optional, I think he’s a douche. That’s the part that’s clear, and easy.
The hard part is that Ender’s Game is one of my favorite sci-fi novels. I don’t like that I like his writing. And oddly, the Ender’s Game series has a “why can’t we all just get along” vibe, and lots of messages about not being judgmental. It condemns xenophobia. The irony is deadly.
I’m sure many of you have run into similar conundrums. It happens with not just books, but music and films. Roman Polanski. Chris Brown. Should you separate the art from the artist? Or should you deny yourself the pleasure of a good book or a great film, because you don’t want to make it seem like you tacitly support their behaviour. And you can’t know about the author or musician or filmmaker of every single thing you’ve ever purchased, it’s just not practical. So if you find out later that the person whose book you bought is a lowlife, should you feel guilty?
I can’t come up with any really great answers so far. I’m not going to put Card’s books as my staff pick. I won’t purchase any of his books from now on. This saddens me, because he has ruined something I really enjoyed. Now I have to decide whether to go see the movie – probably not, sadly – especially sadly because Harrison Ford will be in it. Damn you, Orson Scott Card.
Don’t even get me started on the fact that he is going to be writing some issues of Superman, the guy who is supposed to be the “Champion of the Oppressed.” What the hell were you thinking, DC?
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