I was so excited, everyone. I had found one of the best sic-fi authors that I had ever read, but it turns out that asshole are like opinions; there is always one around, and it’s fucking impossible to avoid them. Assholes, that is.
After reading Ender’s Game, I thought: “This is it! Here is an author that I will follow for the rest of his career, much like Stephen King.” And then I went and Googled the name Orson Scott Card. It turns out, Mr. OSC and I have very different opinions about marriage equality. That alone would not stop me from purchasing and enjoying his books. He’s entitled to his opinion. If we were to stop using products because we didn’t agree with a manufacturer or company CEO’s opinion, then we would probably be walking around naked, homeless, with bad breath and horrible hair. So, I went on with my life, bought Speaker of the Dead, read it, enjoyed it and completely forgot about OSC’s opinion.
And then my house of Card came crashing down.
My husband is a comic book fanatic *cough* nerd *cough*. He has been a loyal customer of Zeus Comics for years, and pointed out an article that Zeus’ owner was quoted in. For the article, go here. Basically, OSC has been commissioned to write the comic Adventures Of Superman and Zeus Comics will not be carrying the series because of the writer’s opinion on gay marriage.
After reading the article (seriously, go read it), I decided to look into Orson Scott Card again. As it turns out, not only does he have strong opinions on the subject of marriage equality, but he is actively trying to prevent it. Now this is where shit gets real. Card has been voicing his opinions, rather loudly, about gay marriage since the early 1990s, and in 2009, he became a member of the board of directors of the National Organization for Marriage. Don’t let the name fool you, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is an American non-profit political organization established in 2007 to work against legalization of same-sex marriage in the Unites States. The group has opposed civil union legislation and opposes gay adoption.
I’d like to point out that OSC is involved in other organizations that oppose equality but I won’t mention them here, I hate mentioning religion in anything, but please, do you own research.
I think I should point out that the comic strip has been postponed because the artist, Chris Sprouse, has backed out of the Superman series because, and I’m paraphrasing, there’s too much negativity around it recently. That’s great, except that Sprouse didn’t state the right reasons for backing out. He should have said that he could not work with someone that has such views, or that OSC is a fucking bigot…. but that’s just me being an asshole equalitist (made up word… live with it!). If you want to see that article, go to Wired.com, or click here.
Anyway, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read his books, all I’m saying is that I won’t, nor ail I be reviewing them. Ender’s Game, the film, is set to be released this year: The jury is still out if I will watch it.