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Lionsgate

In response to the flurry of controversy surrounding the Ender’s Game movie after a boycott gained national media attention, Lionsgate issued the following statement:

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.

Personally, I’m glad that the studio has come out in defense of the film and their hardworking cast and crew. Hopefully this will show people that the studio and its employees do not necessarily share the same beliefs as the author of the work they’ve adapted.

Source: GLAAD via Deadline (thanks to Aldrin for the tip!)

3 Comments »

  1. Jason says:

    That is quite good.

  2. MajorAnderson says:

    The statement is getting quite a few negative responses in comment sections for the use of the phrase “completely irrelevant”. I guess protesters feel that their concerns are being neglected. Almost no comments on the charity premiere, though. I wonder why. I think it’s a decent thing to do, even if it is largely for economic reasons, because if what Lionsgate says about their employee benefits is true, this is probably actually an issue that’s close to their hearts.

    • Jason says:

      People are responding negatively to “completely irrelevant” huh. That means the rest of it is OK. I think the overall message is clear. I think the statement did a lot to clearly separate the LGBT issue between OSC and the movie. Like I said in a recent post on the subject, the movie is an easy target. Take that away, and making a statement against OSC becomes much harder.

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