Brad DeLong: Ender's Game: The Movie: Me? Art is art. Entertainment is entertainment. To say that one's dislike of Orson Scott Card's poisonous politics should keep you from having an experience you would otherwise enjoy is to give him a power over you he doesn't deserve: your seeing Ender's Game does not put yourself in any sort of reciprocal gift-exchange relationship with him. And he isn't going to spend more than $0.01 of your ticket price on poisonous propaganda. So go to the movie, enjoy it--and then match what you paid for the ticket, spend it supporting some worthy political cause, and tell everybody you are doing so.
After being smacked around (not personally) by Nob Akimoto, I recant: see the Ender's Game movie for free on post-midnight cable a few years from now--don't boost its opening-week grosses. There is value for the country in a public shunning of Orson Scott Card. It will make America a better place. He is not who we are.
Sorry about your money, LionsGate. But them's the breaks…
Is it okay to shun Orson Scott Card now?: As we’ve been approaching the release of Ender’s Game a number of my co-bloggers have asked that we separate the man from his work…. I’ve always been inclined to be somewhat skeptical…. Well Dave Weigel has dug up a “thought experiment” wherein Card goes down the road of all sorts of disgusting tropes that have been at the forefront of the white male victimization movement since the start of the Obama Presidency. After waxing on about the Hitler parallels, thought control, and racial tropes he has the gall to say:
But it sure sounds plausible, doesn’t it? Because, like a good fiction writer, I made sure this scenario fit the facts we already have--the way Obama already acts, the way his supporters act, and the way dictators have come to power in republics in the past.
Look, if you guys want to go and watch movies adapted from the works of a guy who writes shit that’s on the same level of Protocols of the Elders of Zion, that’s great. But let’s at least acknowledge that’s what this guy’s recent work boils down to.