It’s not unusual to like an author’s work and hate their political views or personality, but Orson Scott Card’s vocal opposition to homosexuality has proved a sticking point for fans. With a film adaptation of Ender’s Game coming out later this year, queer geek-focused organization Geeks Out has led a project called “Skip Ender’s Game,” urging moviegoers to boycott the film. Now, days before Ender’s Game is showcased at San Diego Comic-Con, distributor Lionsgate is offering an olive branch. The company released a statement earlier today, calling Card’s views on homosexuality “irrelevant” to the film and promising to hold a “benefit premiere” for LGBT groups.
Here’s the statement, as published on Deadline: