How does one separate the two? I hate Orson Scott Card’s religious and political beliefs with a seething venom. However I do recognize that his book, Ender’s Game, is regarded as a masterpiece of teenage science fiction. Reading it is almost a requirement for any true sci-fi fan (note that I’ve never read it). The trailer for the upcoming movie version even looks interesting.
But…dammit. The man is so disgustingly vile that the idea of putting any money into his pockets makes me want to throw up.
Now there’s been other artists who’ve been really reprehensible people. Walt Disney, for example, has long had a reputation for being an anti-Semite. Yet I can watch things he made, or other things from the corporation that bears his name, and be just fine with it. So why am I ok with that and not with Card? Why would I watch and enjoy Sleeping Beauty, but will likely avoid Ender’s Game?
I think it boils down to the fact that Disney is dead. He died before I was even born, and the current corporation that manages his properties bears no resemblance to him. In that sense, the art is separated from the artist by time and mortality.
Perhaps that is what is required here. Perhaps once Card is dead, something I can’t and won’t wish to happen soon, then perhaps maybe I could see this movie or read his books and enjoy them. But until that point…no. Just…no.