Lionsgate has issued a statement in response to an online petition asking fans to boycott Ender's Game. The petition was started by the LGBT organization Geeks Out, due to Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card's past remarks where he spoke out against homosexuality back in 1990. Here is the studio's official response, where they announced a benefit premiere to support the LGBT community.
"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."
Ender's Game will be featured in Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment's Comic-Con 2013 panel on Thursday, July 18 at 3:50 PM in Hall H. Orson Scott Card will not be in attendance, but stay tuned to see if this issue is addressed in San Diego next week.