(Image source: DC Comics)

BY JONAS BRUUN
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


A controversial anti-gay writer could end up being kryptonite to DC Comics. The comic giant has been the subject of massive criticism and threats of a boycott since it announced Orson Scott Card will author the first two issues of the highly anticipated Adventures of Superman.

The hiring of Orson Scott Card was first reported by IGN Entertainment last Wednesday as it was announced that the new digital-first Superman series will debut on April 29th.

Critics aren’t happy with Card’s hiring due to his opposition to gay marriage.

The author of the best-selling Ender’s Game sci-fi series reportedly joined the board of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage back in 2009. Prior to that, he repeatedly voiced his opinion on gay marriage.

In a column published in 2004, Card wrote: It is a flat lie to say that homosexuals are deprived of any civil right pertaining to marriage. To get those civil rights, all homosexuals have to do is find someone of the opposite sex willing to join them in marriage.”

DC Comics’ deal with Card quickly caused a stir among gay communities and comics fans. A spokesperson from gay fan group Geeks Out summarized the criticism, telling The Guardian: Superman stands for truth, justice and the American way. Orson Scott Card does not stand for any idea of truth, justice or the American way that I can subscribe to.”

On AllOut.org, a petition has even been started in an attempt to make DC Comics fire Card, getting close to 4,000 signatures so far.

Critics note that the hiring of Card comes as a suprirse, considering DC Comics has been inclusive of gay characters for several years.

In 2006, the company introduced Batwoman as the first lesbian superhero. And last year the Green Lantern was reintroduced as a homosexual man.

A writer of the New Statesman notes: DC's choice to hire Card is rather hypocritical. The company is attempting to have its cake and eat it too, and fans are right to take issue with that.”

There are no reports suggesting homosexual issues will be part of the upcoming Adventures of Superman. So a columnist for ComicMix questions whether Card’s hiring is worth a boycott.

“There are a number of comic book creators who believe something very different to what I do.It’s a very dangerous game. It has led in the past to witchtrials, McCarthyite or otherwise, and it’s no better than the actions of, say, One Million Moms.”

Whether the criticism of Orson Scott Card will, in fact, hurt the series is yet to be seen. But as experts point out, the attention could just as well have the opposite effect.

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Feb 12, 2013

Fans Threaten DC Comics Boycott Over Orson Scott Card Hiring

(Image source: DC Comics)

BY JONAS BRUUN
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


A controversial anti-gay writer could end up being kryptonite to DC Comics. The comic giant has been the subject of massive criticism and threats of a boycott since it announced Orson Scott Card will author the first two issues of the highly anticipated Adventures of Superman.

The hiring of Orson Scott Card was first reported by IGN Entertainment last Wednesday as it was announced that the new digital-first Superman series will debut on April 29th.

Critics aren’t happy with Card’s hiring due to his opposition to gay marriage.

The author of the best-selling Ender’s Game sci-fi series reportedly joined the board of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage back in 2009. Prior to that, he repeatedly voiced his opinion on gay marriage.

In a column published in 2004, Card wrote: It is a flat lie to say that homosexuals are deprived of any civil right pertaining to marriage. To get those civil rights, all homosexuals have to do is find someone of the opposite sex willing to join them in marriage.”

DC Comics’ deal with Card quickly caused a stir among gay communities and comics fans. A spokesperson from gay fan group Geeks Out summarized the criticism, telling The Guardian: Superman stands for truth, justice and the American way. Orson Scott Card does not stand for any idea of truth, justice or the American way that I can subscribe to.”

On AllOut.org, a petition has even been started in an attempt to make DC Comics fire Card, getting close to 4,000 signatures so far.

Critics note that the hiring of Card comes as a suprirse, considering DC Comics has been inclusive of gay characters for several years.

In 2006, the company introduced Batwoman as the first lesbian superhero. And last year the Green Lantern was reintroduced as a homosexual man.

A writer of the New Statesman notes: DC's choice to hire Card is rather hypocritical. The company is attempting to have its cake and eat it too, and fans are right to take issue with that.”

There are no reports suggesting homosexual issues will be part of the upcoming Adventures of Superman. So a columnist for ComicMix questions whether Card’s hiring is worth a boycott.

“There are a number of comic book creators who believe something very different to what I do.It’s a very dangerous game. It has led in the past to witchtrials, McCarthyite or otherwise, and it’s no better than the actions of, say, One Million Moms.”

Whether the criticism of Orson Scott Card will, in fact, hurt the series is yet to be seen. But as experts point out, the attention could just as well have the opposite effect.

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