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Ender’s Game Boycott Continues; Orson Scott Card

According to this piece, the Ender’s Game boycott continues, thanks to what can be attributed to highly anti-gay author, Orson Scott Card, whom I’ve posted about before.

From mediabistro, where the studio stated this, as if it’s going to make it better:

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. 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.

Geek’s Out, highly involved in leading the boycott, said this:

The simple fact is that Skip Ender’s Game has never been about the content of the novel or the film Ender’s Game. It’s about money. It’s about the money the company has already paid to Card and the potential millions he and the National Organization for Marriage stand to make off of the success of the film—our money.

I say this:

I fully understand that the novel and the book do not contain anti-gay content. But if you think I’m going to financially support something even remotely associated with an anti-gay author or NOM, when right now I’m trying to figure out what the best scenario is after the recent SCOTUS ruling because my partner of 20 years and I live in a state where gay marriage is still NOT legal, you’re about to have a very rude awakening.

And it’s not as if Orson Scott Card’s views…which I respect but don’t agree with…have been hidden from public view. You can read back as far as May, 2009. And I’ve seen other things, too. He’s never hidden his feelings. And as I said I respect them. But I don’t have to support anything in which he’s involved, and the movie studio should have thought about that a long time ago.

What really amazes me is that Paula Deen makes racial comments in private that date back years and she loses her empire, literally. Then she goes on national TV and begs for forgiveness and tries to explain and they still won’t forgive her. And the people in this film studio try to bait the LGBT community and their supporters with past films they’ve made as if anything Card has said or done means nothing. I don’t see Orson Scott Card coming out with any apologies or begging for forgiveness.

"The Bling Ring" Soundtrack; Openly Gay Frank Ocean

I’ve had this link about The Bling Ring soundtrack and openly gay Frank Ocean in my in box for over a week now and other things kept popping up that trumped it. But I do like to mention openly gay performers as much as I can so that the people who read this blog who aren’t openly gay (for their own personal reasons) see that things are changing.

In other words, I hate to label Frank Ocean and single him out as gay. In a perfect world I wouldn’t do that. But I do know that there are many gay men of all ages out there who are still struggling with coming out. I always think people like Frank Ocean and Matt Bomer inspire them. At least that what they tell me in e-mails.

In any event, there’s a new film called The Bling Ring and the soundtrack is supposed to be excellent. I’ve read about this in several places already and being a huge fan of Frank Ocean and his music I can’t wait until it’s released.

 “The Bling Ring” features unruly teenagers robbing the homes of A-list celebrities, so it’s only appropriate that the movie’s soundtrack presents a lineup of A-list musical acts to underscore the glamorous film.

And they aren’t screwing around. There is an A-list that you don’t often see in film sountracks.

Even more fitting is the song selected to close “The Bling Ring”: Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt’s collaboration “Super Rich Kids.” Part of the song’s refrain finds Ocean singing, “The maids come around too much / Parents ain’t around enough / Too many joy rides in daddy’s Jaguar / Too many white lies and white lines / Super rich kids with nothing but loose ends / Super rich kids with nothing but fake friends.”

You can read more here, where there’s a list of songs from the soundtrack. The film will be released June 14, and the soundtrack on June 11.