When comic book companies hire writers to write specialty stories for animated films, one shots, or miniseries, they’re looking to find a unique literary approach different from the normal plethora of writers that grace the pages of DC Comics. My own personal feelings about homosexuality is one of civil rights – it is a civil rights issue and should be handle as such.
Much of what I know concerning Scott Card’s opinions on gay rights isn’t anything I share, and I DO oppose what he’s said about the gay community, and their right to marry…
“Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.”
I also know, however, that out of all of the books I’ve read by him, I loved every single one. Ender’s Game is a fantastic read and might be one of the top ten greatest Sci-Fi novels ever written. I don’t need to agree with his philosophies on life nor his moral convictions to appreciate his incredible writing style.
The dilemma I face, however, comes in a series of questions which have no concrete solution. If I want to see a change in homosexual and heterosexual relations, should I oppose those who refuse to get along with others? Am I, in a way, supporting the opinions of gay rights objectors by not signing the petition for DC to rescind it’s decision? How do I send the message across that I do fully support the rights of gay men and women while still supporting DC’s right to hire top notch talent? There’s a lot to consider, and sometimes there is no straight answer.
I would argue that DC has created a platform of support where the portrayal of the homosexual lifestyle is accepted and normal. Both Batwoman and Green Lantern Alan Scott of Earth 2 are the spotlighted homosexual superheroes that haven’t been blown out of proportion within their own stories. In fact, within their own stories, being homosexual is more of a fleeting thought and written into each characters personality as a normal aspect of life. Orson Scott Card has accepted the job of writing for a company that is in support of gay rights, and we SHOULD allow the writer the chance at creating a Superman story and see how much of his own moral agenda he weeds into it.
Of course we don’t know all of the facts and inner workings of the hiring decision, nor do we really know what agreements and compromises the DC/Time Warner execs and Scott Card have made in signing the contract paperwork. Therefore, we can’t truly judge DC without knowing all of the facts. We can disagree with Scott Card on a moral basis, but his writing is absolutely fantastic and will be served well with Superman.
Now I’ll admit, I’m one of those people who’s refused to go to Chick-Fil-a because of their actions concerning homosexual marriage and rights. This is also the reason I don’t shop at Hobby Lobby. This is my choice. However I’m not going around saying the business doesn’t have the right to continue their work and produce goods for the public. The way I show my dislike is by simply not spending my money there. Likewise, instead of signing a petition to drop Scott Card, why don’t those who don’t appreciate Scott Card’s views on homosexuality simply not purchase the digital-first once it’s available? If DC pours money into something and doesn’t see the financial return because of fan disapproval, they probably won’t do it again.
Just food for thought.