DC Responds to Orson Scott Card Backlash

Posted by at 11:21 am on February 13, 2013

Superman DCFaced with the growing backlash over its decision to hire sci-fi author and vocal gay-rights opponent Orson Scott Card to contribute to its new Adventures of Superman anthology, DC Comics has issued a response that may do little to satisfy critics.

In a statement released to The Advocate and Fox News Radio, the publisher said, “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.”

Known for his award-winning 1985 novel Ender’s Game and other sci-fi writings, Card has become notorious over the past decade for his views on homosexuality and his outspoken opposition to marriage equality. A board member of the National Organization for Marriage, a group dedicated to the opposition of same-sex marriage, Card in 2008 endorsed the overthrow of the government following rulings by “dictator-judges” upholding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

As of this morning, nearly 8,000 people have signed an online petition asking that DC drop Card as a writer of Adventures of Superman, and Tuesday afternoon Dallas retailer Zeus Comics announced it wouldn’t order the print edition of the digital-first comic.

Adventures of Superman debuts online April 29 and in print May 29.

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