Harrison Ford’s latest movie “Ender’s Game” has been targeted by gay rights activists who are urging fans to boycott the movie over the controversial views of the author behind the story.
The sci-fi thriller, which also stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Abigail Breslin, is based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 book of the same name and the film has been targeted by campaigners over the novelist’s opinions on gay marriage.
Card has been an outspoken opponent of same-sex unions for many years and in 2009, he joined the board of America’s National Organization for Marriage, which was created to support California’s Proposition 8 legislation to ban gay marriage.
Activists from the Geeks OUT campaign group have now launched an online drive called “Skip Ender’s Game” asking moviegoers to boycott the film.
A post on the campaign’s website reads, “Do not buy a ticket at the theatre, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys… By pledging to Skip Ender’s Game, we can send a clear and serious message to Card and those that do business with his brand of anti-gay activism – whatever he’s selling, we’re not buying.”
This isn’t the first time the author’s conservative stance on the gay community has sparked controversy – in March, illustrator Chris Sprouse reportedly dropped out of work on an upcoming Adventures of Superman comic co-written by Card amid media criticism of the novelist’s anti-gay views.
“Ender’s Game” is due to hit cinemas in November.