The Public – a thing I cannot help looking upon as an enemy, and which I cannot address without feelings of hostility. – John Keats
Somewhere, deep in the heart of Lionsgate’s public relations department, there is a PR rep clutching a bottle of whiskey and mumbling that over and over again to her- or himself. The studio has been in a bit of a marketing nightmare regarding upcoming film Ender’s Game
, ever since LGBT groups remembered it was Orson Scott Card who penned the original novel, and that, considering he has spent his life actively campaigning against LGBT rights, it was their duty to start a boycott campaign against the film. For those who seem to be confused as to why the boycott is happening, it’s not a matter of hypocrisy or “being intolerant of intolerance” (as I have seen some people fallaciously argue), but a matter of LGBT people or activists not wanting their money in any way to go to a man who will then turn around and use that money to contribute to the National Organization for Marriage or other groups that work to strip gay rights, among other things. It’s a personal choice.
Regardless of how you feel about the issue, it has become exactly that for Lionsgate: An issue. And so the studio has finally weighed in on the controversy, releasing an official statement over the weekend:
As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from GODS AND MONSTERS to THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and a Company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of ENDER’S GAME. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. 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 will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for ENDER’S GAME.
All of that is to be expected. It’s a fairly generic response: Distance yourself from the controversy, offer an olive branch, but remain noncommittal either way. What does surprise me, however, was that Lionsgate seemed to be blindsided by the entire fiasco in the first place, especially considering the current sociopolitical climate.
But removing the moral and political controversy from it entirely, will you see the film? Does the trailer fill you with the warm fuzzies of excitement, or leave you cold? Sound off in the comments.
by Jill Pantozzi | 12:54 pm, July 4th, 2013
We’ve heard from Dame Helen Mirren on the topic of Doctor Who, in particular, the casting of the new Doctor, a few times now. But she’s not done yet (or at least people aren’t done asking her about it yet) and we’re totally fine with that. Hear who she suggested to take up the mantle.
Mirren was asked by ITV’s Daybreak whether or not she’d take on the role of the 12th Doctor on the long-running BBC sci-fi series. She answered, “absolutely not.” And although we’ve heard that from her before, she made sure to drive the point home.
“I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who – no, no, no,” she said. “I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that.”
Although she does think there’s a right person for the job.
“I do think it’s well over-time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all.”
The series will return for the 50th anniversary special on Saturday, November 23 but soon after we’ll see Matt Smith’s Doctor making a transformation come the Christmas special. Although folks have been throwing around rumors as to who the 12th Doctor will be, we likely won’t have the official announcement until late summer, early fall.
From the Melbourne Herald Sun:
NASA announced the discovery of Neptune’s 14th moon Monday. The Hubble Space Telescope captured the moon as a white dot in photos of Neptune on the outskirts of our solar system.
The new moon – Neptune’s tiniest at just 12 miles across – is designated S/2004 N 1.
The SETI Institute’s Mark Showalter of Mountain View, California, made the discovery. He was studying the segments of rings around Neptune when the white dot popped out, 105,251 kilometres from Neptune. He tracked its movement in more than 150 pictures taken from 2004 to 2009.
The considerably bigger gas giant Jupiter has four times as many moons, with 67.
here is the link to the site her son runs.
Wow…that’s all I can say. 8 miles long and two miles wide?? Whoah…
This is troubling to say the least. Hello 1930’s Weimar Republic. From the monetizing of debt to the actions of DC, it all follows the same pattern. As a person who values freedom of speech, this is frightening.
There have been plenty of decisions, legal and politically, I do not agree with, yet I haven’t rioted and violently protested them. The very fact that some segments of American society feel that rioting, and intimidation, is the answer to everything shows how far we as a society have fallen. In fact, it’s more indicative of how much western society as a whole has rotted out.
I shook my head continuously during the Zimmerman trial at the tweets and intimidation threats made during it. As an outside observer, it proved to be so counterproductive. In fact, all it’s done is continue to create racial strife in this country, and I blame both the media and the Obama administration more than the people on the street.
The media has, and continues to do so, stirred up the pot on this issue from day one. Once it appeared that Zimmerman would walk, they then started to fan the flames to get riots, etc etc started. Throw in the “If I had a son….” comment from President Obama, and there’s be a perfect storm created to try to tear the country apart.
And what gets me is the people pushing all this want to change the current system to a progressive lead one that reduces the rights each person has. There was a shocking video of people who were willing to sign a petition the eliminate the Bill of Rights. What the hell? Don’t these idiots know they’re slitting their own throats? I guess not..