Please Stop: A Letter to Orson Scott Card

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To paraphrase the venerable Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, really? Really, Orson Scott Card? Really?!

That’s right! Everyone’s favorite polemic, homophobic author is back and making sure you feel as disgusted as possible at the prospect of seeing the film based on a book you love.

Like many people, I’ve been feeling pretty conflicted about Summit’s upcoming Ender’s Game film. On the one hand, Harrison Ford! Also, I really loved the book’s bleak outlook on the merits of a “strike first” attitude and the often terrifying lengths gone to by humanity in its efforts to survive. On the other hand, Orson Scott Card’s often ludicrous ranting on the detrimental effects of homosexual relationships on society and his subsequent financial backing and leadership of such despicable groups as the National Organization of Marriage make it hard to justify monetarily supporting him ever again.

Now, just as director Gavin Hood’s damage control seemed to gain some traction, Orson Scott Card has apparently added yet another slew of offensive comments to his arsenal . First published in Greenboro’s Rhinoceros Times back in May of this year, an essay by the controversial author that compares President Obama to Hitler and other tyrannical despots has now been picked up by major news outlets. The piece, which is rambling at its best and at its worst vacillating between horrifying and laughable depending on how much alcohol you’ve consumed, is chock full of boastful little gems such as:

Actually, I was laughed at in the 1980s for publicly predicting the possibility of the fall of Soviet Communism, but I certainly didn’t know the schedule or the means by which it would happen.

Oh, it only gets better from here.

Arguably the most appalling predictions made by Card are those invoking the fear of race. He insinuates at one point that Obama, in order to maintain power, could use current street gangs as his very own Brown Shirts.

Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama’s enemies.

Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people “trying to escape” — people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama.

As if that weren’t bad enough, Card then goes on to claim that, in this scenario, President Obama would have elections fixed so that Michelle Obama can be president for the following two terms. At the end of those terms, his shadow government would then declare that a U.S. president can indefinitely run for re-election.

It’s worth mentioning that all of this is a hypothetical scenario albeit one that Card says he could easily foresee happening because didn’t you hear? He predicted the fall of the Soviet Union. Because that was so hard.

Summit’s PR team has to be looking for a tranquilizer gun at this point because that seems like the only plausible scenario in which Card will stop making their lives a living hell. It really does feel like he’s doing it on purpose now.

So, in conclusion, Orson Scott Card, please stop. We — and all of the people who helped make this movie — are begging you.

–Rachel

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2 responses to “Please Stop: A Letter to Orson Scott Card

  1. Author Chris Holm has the solution to my “do I see Ender’s Game?” dilemma. He suggests I buy a ticket to Pacific Rim and sneak into Ender’s Game. https://twitter.com/chrisfholm/status/354749303983579136

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