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Who’s Afraid of Ender’s Game?

"Monstrously homophobic"?

Ed Driscoll


November 8, 2013 - 8:00 am

Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style:

Upon learning in 1928 of T. S. Eliot’s conversion to Christianity, Virginia Woolf wrote to her sister:

I have had a most shameful and distressing interview with poor dear Tom Eliot, who may be called dead to us all from this day forward. He has become an Anglo-Catholic, believes in God and immortality, and goes to church. I was really shocked. A corpse would seem to me more credible than he is. I mean, there’s something obscene in a living person sitting by the fire and believing in God.

Flash-forward to the present day:

Orson Scott Card is monstrously homophobic; he’s racist; he advocates violence and lobbies against fundamental human rights and equates criticism of those stances with his own hate speech.

I would never, ever suggest that a student seek out his advice. I will not pay to see Ender’s Game; I will never buy another copy.

…Card is a monster who helped me learn to write, an author of hateful screed whose novels taught lonely, angry kids compassion and gave them their first sense of home. None of those things makes the others go away.

—Rachel Edidin, “Orson Scott Card: Mentor, Friend, Bigot,” Wired magazine.


Cross-posted from Ed Driscoll’s blog

Blogging since 2002, affiliated with PJM since 2005, where he is currently a columnist, San Jose Editor, and founder of PJM's Lifestyle blog. Over the past 15 years, Ed has contributed articles to National Review Online, the Weekly, Right Wing News, the New Individualist, Blogcritics, Modernism, Videomaker, Servo, Audio/Video Interiors, Electronic House, PC World, Computer Music, Vintage Guitar, and Guitar World.

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One wonders if Mr. Card gives any more thought to Ms. Edidin's comments than T.S. Elliot did to Virginia Woolf's.
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Now, tell me; in all seriousness, who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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Meh. Whatever. Man's got a right to his opinion.
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Neither of them were/are men.
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