Harrison Ford, the star of the upcoming
big screen adaptation of Ender's Game, has weighed in on a
boycott of the film over its author's anti-gay marriage views.
Appearing at Comic-Con in San Diego to
promote the film, Ford said that Orson Scott Card's views were “not
an issue” to the project. Card in 2009 joined the board of the
National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most
vociferous opponent of gay nuptials.
“I think none of Mr. Card's concerns
regarding the issues of gay marriage are part of the thematics of
this film,” said
Ford. “He has written something that I think is of value to us
all concerning moral responsibility. I think his views outside of
those that we deal with in this film are not an issue for me to deal
with and something I have really no opinion on.”
After Geeks OUT announced its boycott,
Card pleaded for tolerance, saying that last month's Supreme Court
ruling made the issue moot.
“Now it will be interesting to see
whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance
toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in
dispute,” he wrote.
But the group rejected
the plea, saying that nothing is “more democratic and tolerant
than a consumer boycott, rooted in the ideas of free market
“Orson Scott Card, we can tolerate
your anti-gay activism, your right-wing extremism, your campaign of
fear-mongering and insults, but we're not going to pay you for it,”
the group wrote in response.
Ford noted Card's comments, saying that
that should be “the end of the story.”
“I am aware of his statements
admitting that the question of gay marriage is a battle that he lost
and he admits that he lost it. I think we all know that we've all
won. That humanity has won. And I think that's the end of the
story,” he said.
Ender's Game stars Ford, Sir Ben
Kingsley and Abigail Breslin. It is set to open in November.