Is it okay to shun Orson Scott Card now?
As we’ve been approaching the release of Ender’s Game a number of my co-bloggers have asked that we separate the man from his work as though there’s some sort of clear dividing line between the two. I’ve always been inclined to be somewhat skeptical, particularly when it’s a matter of financial benefit accruing to an author with a history of reprehensible statements against people who don’t agree with his bigoted, narrow worldview.
Well Dave Weigel has dug up a “thought experiment” wherein Card goes down the road of all sorts of disgusting tropes that have been at the forefront of the white male victimization movement since the start of the Obama Presidency. After waxing on about the Hitler parallels, thought control, and racial tropes he has the gall to say:
But it sure sounds plausible, doesn’t it? Because, like a good fiction writer, I made sure this scenario fit the facts we already have — the way Obama already acts, the way his supporters act, and the way dictators have come to power in republics in the past.
Look, if you guys want to go and watch movies adapted from the works of a guy who writes shit that’s on the same level of Protocols of the Elders of Zion that’s great. But let’s at least acknowledge that’s what this guy’s recent work boils down to.
Oh, and yes, I’m back. Working on a few posts now, but it’ll be a while before I write something full length.