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Lionsgate Entertainment, the movie studio responsible for upcoming science fiction movie Ender’s Game, has responded with support to the LGBT community in reply to recent boycotts.
Orson Scott Card, the author of the Ender’s Game novel, has spoken out against gay marriage for years and is a member of the National Organization for Marriage, according to Yahoo! Movies. These views have triggered boycotts against the upcoming film adaptation of his book.
In response to the boycotts, Lionsgate issued a statement today in The New York Times claiming that Card’s personal views are irrelevant in regards to the Ender’s Game movie.
“Neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect [Card’s anti-gay] views in any way, shape or form,” Lionsgate says in their statement. “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 also asserts that as an organization they are proud supporters of the gay community, having released pro-gay films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Lionsgate goes on to reveal that they will host an LGBT benefit premiere for Ender’s Game.