There are a number of reasons to ask DC Comics to reconsider their choice of Orson Scott Card as a writer for the new digital-first comic of the Adventures of Superman. Highest on the list is the fact that he’s pretty boring as a writer. The Mormon writer, though, is under fire for his anti-gay stances, and various people have called for him to be fired from the project.
Card has claimed that same-sex marriage would destroy civilization and that gays are not normal. He even wrote “The dark secret of homosexual society—the one that dares not speak its name—is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.”
Good fiction writers are those who constantly poke at the edges of the world, gather information, and do not close their minds to anything. Card long ago closed his mind, and that is pretty much why he’s a rubbish writer. Fiction writers who close themselves to the world end up becoming little more than derivative in nature, and often write little more than the obvious. Perhaps this is why Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are among the brilliant lights in the fiction world these days.
Many, many years ago, Card wrote a book about writing science-fiction in which he showed off a complete lack of understanding about what it means to write science-fiction.
Still, fans of Superman and DC have taken to Twitter to question the hiring of Card. Some have suggested that Card even goes against all of the virtues that Superman stands for.
All Out has a petition started to get DC to drop Card. It reads:
“DC Comics has just hired anti-gay writer Orson Scott Card for their new digital Adventures of Superman.
“He’s written publicly that he believes marriage equality would lead to the end of civilization. He’s also on the board of a notorious anti-equality organization.
“We need to let DC Comics know they can’t support Orson Scott Card or his work to keep LGBT people as second-class citizens. They know they’re accountable to their fans, so if enough of us speak out now, they’ll hear us loud and clear.”
But, let us be honest, Card is a poor writer who is kind of boring as a writer…and this is because he long ago closed himself off to the diversity and mysteries of the universe.
Of course, DC hasn’t exactly done a good job of answering their critics. They stated “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.” But, never fear, some places are already making it clear that they won’t stock or carry the comic anyway.