Damn You Harrison Ford!

I am very angry with Harrison Ford.   Here is why:

I loved the book Ender’s Game. The author of Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card, is a big, big douche.  I have been considering not going to the movie because I don’t really want to give Card more money to support his homophobic douchery.  Harrison Ford is IN THE MOVIE.  The movie looks amazing.   He is ruining my decision making ability (this is not hard).

This happens to me a lot.  I find out about an author, or a musician, or a director, or an artist… and suddenly things I loved are ruined by the people who created them.  Do you shun the thing you love because of the person who made it?  If you already own the art in question, do you get rid of it, or only boycott future works?  What about artists who are dead and gone, and no longer profit from their art – is your conscience clear if you get it now?  I’m starting to be tempted to just not find out about authors, because I don’t want to lose anything else I love to reality.

I think I’m going to skip the movie, and this makes me sad.

(un)Happy reading!

Christie

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7 responses to “Damn You Harrison Ford!

  1. This makes me sad because I also loved Ender’s Game and I also probably won’t see the film. What’s odd about it for me is that both in Ender’s Game and (especially) in Xenophobia, Scott Card shows so much tolerance and so much generosity towards difference. I know I came away from his writing feeling wonder for all the diversity of the world and I imagine other people would have as well. I feel like he’s required as LDS to endorse the attitude of the church and that’s just unfortunate.

  2. I’m planning to see Ender’s Game, just like I’ll buy the book to read into tatters. Because whatever his stance on homosexuality, his work is wonderful. Keep in mind, I’m a bisexual woman, so I have strong opinions on gay rights. But I’m not going to let the author’s douchebaggery take away from how much I love his work, just like I don’t let how an actor is in real life change how much I enjoy his/her work. Ender’s Game is a powerful story, and I’m glad it’s coming to the big screen. I want to support stories like that being told on a broader scale.

  3. I think one has to draw a permanent line between author and work. The moral/ethical values of an author are of no consequence to the aesthetic value of a work of art. When we break down this barrier, all hell breaks loose, to no true critical benefit. Yes, OSC is acting like a douchebag, but he wrote some damn good fiction and no matter what heights of douchebaggery he reaches, that won’t change the fact that Ender’s Game is a good book. Besides, the movie will be such an immense collective effort that I think it would be wrong to deny the hundreds of people involved their recognition and respect, only because OSC. And Harrison Ford is in it.

  4. Ronna

    Art is art, Christie. Some of the finest art (in all media) has been made by pretty nasty people. We have to let the art stand on its own, separate from the artist, Liking the art work Doesn’t mean you like the artist as a person – just means you like the art work. Hope this helps.

  5. I was reading something recently, by John Scalzi I think, that made a pretty good case for taking the art as separate from the artist. Many of the greatest creations in history were made by horrible people; it doesn’t stop the creation from being magnificent. Basically, supporting the art does not condone the views and behaviors of the artist.
    But I understand the conflict.

  6. I find it entirely necessary–for my own sanity– to make a distinction between the author and the work. It is not the fault of the work if the person who birthed it happens to be an asshole. I’m a grad student, and therefore run into the work-vs-personal-history thing ALL. THE. TIME. Unfortunately, not all creative people are as lovely as we want them to be (Neil Gaiman notwithstanding). Bing Crosby had the voice of an angel and the personality of an alcoholic wife-beater. See also Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, etc. At some point, I believe one has to take the work for what it is and disassociate it from the author.

    I agree that OSC needs to be held responsible for his stance on political issues, mostly because he is so very vocal about them. But I will be going to see the movie. Partly because I have been waiting for the movie far longer than I was aware what a jackass OSC was/is, and partly to show the movie industry that scifi films do have an audience (and we want more good scifi on film).

    I understand your reluctance to see the film. Whatever you decide, just remember the Enemy’s gate is down (even if the enemy is the author himself…).

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