So, Orson Scott Card opened his mouth again, this time penning a message to Entertainment Weekly saying, in essence, that his stance on gay marriage is a moot point now that the Supreme Court has ruled on DOMA and we are on that dangerous slippery slope to cats marrying goats etc, etc., so hey please don’t boycott the feature film version of Ender’s Game, ok?
Here’s the statement in full:
Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.
With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.
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.
Orson Scott Card
It’s a concession speech. A concession speech from a man who has a long and varied history of homophobia. While I take some solace in this, his statement is problematic in a number of ways, all of which point to the core issue: ignorance and privilege.
Let’s look at a few pieces:
- “…political issues that did not exist in 1984”: The fact that Card thinks that gay marriage somehow suddenly became an issue recently is beyond ignorant. It dismisses the fact that people in non-heteronormative relationships have spent years and years and years in this country trying (and still not succeeding) to be treated as human beings instead of freaks and deviants. The fact that we are just now at a point in society where the issue of gay marriage is under discussion is appalling.
- “the gay marriage issue becomes moot”: Well, it doesn’t actually. Putting aside the fact that we’re still fighting state-by-state for same-sex marriage to be accepted everywhere, the issue will not be over because there will still be people who push back, who insist that there is something morally wrong with people who love someone of the same gender. Same-sex marriage is a marker, a milestone, but the real issue beneath it is acceptance and lack of hatred. How you doing on that front, Orson?
- “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”: This is the most telling of the many ignorant utterances in this very short note. It’s not a fucking game, Card. We didn’t just move ball forward a little bit. We’re not lining up opposite you at the line of scrimmage, you turd. This is about life and love and the ability to be who you are. You, Orson Scott Card, have the privilege of getting to do pretty much whatever you want with your life, and you choose to spend your energy fighting against other people who simply want the same thing you were born with: the right to build their own life without fear of hatred, without being demonized. Saying that the issue was “in dispute” downplays your feelings on it a little bit, don’t you think? You, who said that any government that supports gay marriage should be violently overthrown, weren’t simply “disputing” the “issue.” You used your gift of language, and the money that it brought you, to try to destroy the dreams of millions of people, to render their point of view, their entire selves, irrelevant.
And you ask for tolerance?! You ask that we, who won the dispute, say, “Well, all’s well that ends well,” and bid you a happy life? Is the National Organization for Marriage going to disband now and stop working against an entire segment of the population? Are you going to stop advocating for sodomy laws? Are you going to stop saying that most homosexuals are self-loathing victims of child abuse? No. Like a bully who loses a fight, you’re pretending that it doesn’t matter anymore. You’re gonna take your ball and go home until you see an easy target, and then you’ll be right back at it. Like racists in the South who say, “Look, y’all got your freedom, I can say whatever I want,” you expect people to tolerate your ignorance and hatred because a legal battle was won.
But I’ll tell you, Orson Scott Card, the issue has never been tolerance. We’ve tolerated you plenty. We’ve tolerated your outdated, ignorant way of thought. We’ve tolerated your support of organizations that want to eradicate an entire way of being. We don’t like you, Orson Scott Card, and we don’t have to. If people are mean to you, or boycott your work, it’s not because we’re intolerant. You’re using teenage Twitter troll logic if that’s really what you think. We do not have to accept your kind of ignorance; we do not have to be tolerant of it. You have done nothing to earn the respect you think you deserve. Go home, bully.