I already did a Douchebags of Comics card for Orson Scott Card and an attached blog, which you can see here, but Orson continually proves to be the douche that keeps on giving. The last drawing I did of him was one of my less favorite Douchebags portraits, so maybe I’ll just replace it with this one… Or, if I end up releasing these as a deck of playing cards like I’ve been thinking about, I can do four Orsons and they can be the queens. Either way, he was due for a redraw.
I covered Card’s sickening homophobia in a fair amount of detail in my last entry, although there’s even more still that you could go on about… He’s been making a hobby of saying ridiculous things on the topic for decades now, so there’s plenty to draw from. But when it comes to revolting and disturbing retrograde garbage, Card would like to make it clear to the world that he’s not a one-trick pony. His views on any number of other topics are just as ludicrous.
There have still been a few updates on the virulent homophobia front, though. The Ender’s Game movie has, rightly, draw organized boycotts and so on, to the point that the film’s studio, Lionsgate, has publicly distanced itself from the author of the source material. After that, Card issued his now-infamous comment:
“With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.
“Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.”
The thing about the shit Orson says is that it’s not just that he’s a bigot, it’s the he’s so unbelievably assholeish about it. He doesn’t offer any kind of mitigation of his past comment, or even go the fake apology route of not saying that he’s sorry for what he said, but he’s sorry if anybody was hurt, etc. He says the issue is “moot” when there are people all over this country still struggling to get their marriages recognized, still struggling for hospital visitation rights with their spouses, etc., and he responds with a hearty Who gives a fuck.
And then there’s his use of the word “tolerance.” I don’t believe he’s dumb enough to not recognize the irony of using the word in that way. Tolerance doesn’t apply when it’s referring to somebody who is actively attacking you, who is trying to remove your rights. What you do under those circumstances is self-defense- it’s not about the feelings on the individual doing the attacking, who has nothing at stake. That’s the other thing about these attacks on gay marriage- the bigots have nothing at stake in the battle, they’re fighting out of spite. Nothing in their life changes if they lose. I feel that Orson chose the word “tolerance” quite deliberately, and that he was mocking gay rights activists. His statement says to me, “I don’t regret I damn thing I said- Fucking ‘tolerate’ it- Haw.” That’s how it reads.
But you know, in spite of the boycotts and so on, the outrage over the Ender’s Game movie seemed to be sputtering out a little bit. There had been all the fervor a few months ago over him getting hired to write a Superman story, which ended with DC quietly not publishing the story, and by the time Ender’s Game rolled around it almost seemed that people had shot their outrage wad over the last one.
And just when things seemed to be going over without too much fuss, Card, out of the blue for no particular reason, with this movie pending and all that money at stake, suddenly decides he feels like posting a bizarre racist screed about Obama.
Him hating Obama wasn’t anything new… There was already his sad little temper tantrum he threw after the election results last year, when he blamed Obama’s victory on the lies of the Liberal media and claimed Fox News was the only news outlet with the courage to tell the truth. No really, he said that.
But this new one was another level of strange. It’s tiring to run down his whole weird obsession with Obama being a dictator and his complicated (And impossible) conspiracy theory about how he will stay in power after his terms are over, and it’s not really worth it because none of it bears scrutiny. There’s a bit of a dissection here on the Slate website if you’d like to look into it, or you could read Card’s dispatches from beneath his tin foil hat in his own words here.
Stupid fact-free pontificating about Obama isn’t anything new and at this point it’s become downright boring. The cable news channel that Orson thinks is the only one telling the truth is pretty much a 24 hour stream of it. But there are two things that are interesting to me about Card’s latest spaz attack.
The first thing is the overt racism. When Obama comes to take over stuff and whatever else Card has fantasized about, he speculates that he’ll do so with a police force that he seems to think he’ll build for whatever reason. Here’s Card’s description of the scenario:
“Where will he get his ‘national police’? The NaPo will be recruited from ‘young out-of-work urban men’ and it will be hailed as a cure for the economic malaise of the inner cities.
“In other words, Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama’s enemies.
“Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people ‘trying to escape’ — people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama.”
“Urban” when used like that is one of those euphemisms that there’s hardly any point to, because people know exactly what is meant. It’s the same “Urban” that the record and movie industries are talking about when they’re creating media specified for “urban markets.” In case there was any doubt who he meant, he goes on to talk about drive-by shootings and etc., typical things cited by people talking about “urban” violence whose education on the subject has gone on for all of five minutes or so.
The second thing that’s interesting to me about it is the timing. He had to do this right before the movie, which was already facing boycott over his homophobia? It honestly seems to me like not only did he not want to retreat in any way on the gay marriage issue, but that he was mad about the statement from Lionsgate, and the backlash he was receiving, and decided to show the world that he could say just whatever the hell he wanted, whenever the hell he wanted to say it. I think he actually went out of his way to be offensive, just to show that he could.
If you want to be in insane idiotic bigot that’s fine, Orson- just don’t rub your lifestyle choice in my face.