Target: The creative staff of DC Comics
Goal: End working relationship with homophobic writer Orson Scott Card
“Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books…those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.” This is a direct quote from author Orson Scott Card, who has struck a deal with DC Comics to write an anthology of Superman comics.
It comes as an unfortunate shock that DC Comics, one of the nation’s largest comic book publishers, would choose to work with Card. In the past, the company has made notable efforts to incorporate LGBT characters and storylines into their comics. With a predominately young, male readership, DC has the ability to influence the minds of millions of young Americans. No series is more potent or revered than the Man of Steel, who stands for truth, justice, and the American way.
Instead of pursuing those ideals themselves, they have partnered with a noted homophobe. Admittedly, Card is well-respected in the genre of sci-fi for his book “Ender’s Game” and its sequel. However, he is also on the board of directors for the National Organization for Marriage, which actively seeks to prevent marriage equality, and has publicly equated homosexuality with pedophilia. In 2008, he advocated overthrowing the U.S. government if same-sex marriage became legal.
In response to criticism of the hiring, DC Comics responded with the following statement, “As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression. However, the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.” The problem with that stance is that Card has had no problem infusing his work with his hate-filled views. How will a generation of young readers react to a gay-bashing Superman?
It’s best if this does not come to pass. Sign this petition to tell DC Comics they should drop Orson Scott Card from the Superman anthology and end their professional relationship.
Dear Creative Staff of DC Comics,
It’s been announced that you have chosen to partner with writer Orson Scott Card on a new anthology of Superman. This is a surprising and disappointing move, as DC Comics has often been recognized for their efforts to incorporate LGBT characters and storylines into comics. Mr. Card, meanwhile, sits on the board of directors for the National Organization for Marriage, a group that actively attempts to block equal rights for LGBT individuals. He has compared homosexuality to pedophilia and expressed the belief that homosexuals “cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens.”
In response to widespread public criticism, you have declared Mr. Card’s views to not be reflected by your company. But they will be soon and in the most reprehensible way imaginable: Mr. Card has made a habit of weaving his personal and political beliefs into his work. And soon that work will be Superman, one of the most beloved fictional characters in American culture.
I urge you to stop this from happening. Show your commitment to the LGBT community and end your partnership with Orson Scott Card.
[Your Name Here]
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