I’m probably going to get a hundred million anonymous hate notes, and some people jumping down my throat, but no pain, no gain, eh? But I feel like I need to try to express this, and I hope I manage to do so clearly.
My problem with this Ender's Game boycott is that it's inadequate and it's passive, and it's coming mostly from the safe side of the border. Legislative districts in US states don't care about Hollywood box office losses.
Boycotts by their very nature are passive.
For active change, it’s up to those with power to affect American law and policies to learn from the boycott and choose to stand up and support those lawmakers, politicions, artists, and policy makers who are being beaten back by Card and the organizations he contributes to financially.
It is up to the people who have the power to DO SOMETHING to DO SOMETHING. To vote. To write a letter to their senator. To write a letter to their president.
And perhaps to speak up in other ways. I am making blog posts and explaining the boycott, because I am Canadian and outside of donating to charties that act in opposition to Card’s charties, spreading knowledge of why this issue deserves attention is literally the most I can do to affect change. Blog posts are my strength. Other creators could do the same in their own way - make videos, organize rallies or marches, write comics.
The boycott cannot change the world. Boycotts rarely can. But what they can do is spread information, and attract attention and thoughtful consideration: on the part of people who are considering spending money on Card’s work, on the part of studio execs, on the part of creators, on the part of lawmakers and voters.
In that way, this boycott is doing exactly what it set out to achieve: it’s making people, an ever-increasing number of people, pay attention.
After they’re paying attention, it’s up to them to become active within their own legislative district.
after reading your answer with the roman polanski(which i didnt know holy shit) im wondering how often and how acceptable do you think it is to seperate creators from their works
I TRY to separate the creator from their work but once teenage anal rape becomes part of the equation it is hard to do.
I find Alan Moore’s tirades against everybody who isn’t him in this business tiring and disappointing but it still hasn’t stopped me from enjoying his work
but anybody that just goes out of their way to publicly hate or stand in the way of anyone else’s rights to be human being… I don’t understand how an artist of any caliber, even a commercial genre fiction writer, can feel so little empathy for other people’s struggles and needs.