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Damage control continues! Lionsgate replies to Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game controversy

07.12.2013

And the molehill becomes a mountain. The continuing back-and-forth between groups boycotting the film adaptation of ENDER'S GAME and author Orson Scott Card has now forced the studio to release their own statement on the matter, which is both damage control and a message of common sense (i.e. one thing has nothing to do with the other).

Here's Lionsgate's statement:

“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.  On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for ENDER’S GAME.”

- Lionsgate Entertainment

Personally, I think this is being blown way out of proportion, but certainly Card isn't helping matters by continuing to address the issue. If we're going to start boycotting movies because of someone's beliefs then be prepared not to see any more movies. My only question is: Why is there not a movement like this to stop movies like GROWN UPS 2 or THE SMURFS 2? C'mon boycott groups, get your shit together. There's way more offensive material out there than a sci-fi adaptation with Indiana Jones and the fake Mandarin.

What do you think? Has this gotten ridiculous or what?

Oh, and in case anyone forgot what we're talking about, here's the trailer for ENDER'S GAME...

Extra Tidbit: Can't we all just get along and watch some movies? C'mon man!
Source: Lionsgate

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