The director of the Oscar-winning film Tsotsi has spoken out for the first time about the intended boycott of his latest Hollywood movie, Ender’s Game.
As the LGBTI lobby against the movie upped its campaign, Gavin Hood this week defended his forthcoming sci-fi military epic starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis.
The problem is that Ender’s Game is an adaptation of a bestselling 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card. Card later emerged as a vociferous anti-gay activist, opposing gay marriage and calling for homosexuality to be criminalised.
“It’s dreadfully ironic,” Hood told The Advocate this week.
“Orson wrote a book about compassion, and empathy, and yet he himself is struggling to see that his position in real life is really at odds with his art.”
Hood emerged as a significant Hollywood player after directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
This week he made it clear – as has the movie’s star, Ford – that he regards Card as a bigot and that no one involved in the movie supports his views.
But the lobbyists from LGBTI group Geeks Out are not satisfied with Hood’s statements.
“Regardless of everyone’s good intentions, they still cut this guy a cheque,” the organisation’s Jono Jarrett told the US news website.
The boycotters resent that a homophobic activist will be profiting from Hollywood.
They say 4 000 people have signed their Skip Ender’s Game petition and they will stage events on the night of the movie’s November 1 opening.
They themselves, however, also face a backlash. Gay commentators have called them misguided and accused them of a new form of blacklisting.
» Ender’s Game opens in South Africa on November 29
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