Is It Okay to Kick Orson Scott Card Off Superman for Being Mean About Gay People?

1 Apr

So Orson Scott Card wrote several of the best sci-fi novels of the 20th century, period. I don’t care what you think of his politics, “Ender’s Game” and “Speaker for the Dead” are excellent books. Quite a few of his short stories are worth reading, too (look up “Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory,” among others, if you doubt me). He is also a terrible homophobe who constantly repeats the old canard about gay people recruiting children and other incredibly vile things.

It’s worth noting that there are other people with really bad political opinions who are allowed to work in the arts without being publicly shamed and expelled from the discourse (Frank Miller, for example). So, given that Orson Scott Card’s run on “Superman” would doubtless have had less than nothing to do with homosexuality, is it all right to tell him he can’t write the book because of his awful opinions? I mean, what if he wants to work at Walmart? Should they refuse to let him do that, too? On the other hand, he is influential, and it’s a really important historical moment for gay marriage.

He’s off the book now, so it’s moot, but I want your opinions, gentle readers.

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