Orson Scott Card and Superman

So there has been news that fiction writer Orson Scott Card has signed on to write a story for a series of Superman digital comics.

My first thought about this isn’t very substantial. Just something along the lines of not thinking it is really his cup of tea. I do think Card is an amazing writer. Ender’s Game is a life changing read. It is one of my top favorite books. I could go into so many tangents on why Ender’s Game is so good, but this isn’t a book review. Regardless, it seems the biggest issue that has been brought up, is Card’s stance on homosexuality versus writing the Man of Steel. One such stance that is making the rounds comes from Glen Weldon, writer and open “gay dude.”

Because of the view of Superman being “Champion of the Oppressed,” the idea of someone with bigoted views, such as Card, writing for him is fairly hypocritical. And for the most part, I agree. But then again, I don’t think it is completely a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong, I DO NOT agree with Card’s views on homosexuality. Most of which, I am certain he derived from his Latter-Day Saint religion. Which, anyone that knows me, knows my beef with that. My biggest being that they are against homosexual acts, but believe homosexuality is NOT a choice. ARGH! I need to avoid this topic before I go into an even bigger tangent than I would about Ender’s Game.

Go to my happy place. Go to my happy place. And we’re good.

Adventures of Superman Art from Wired.com

If you want to boycott DC Comics because of this. Good on you. I’m glad you want to take a stance for something. Especially a something that is as important as basic civil rights. Or maybe, just boycott that particular Superman series. I personally won’t be buying these comics, but just because I am not that big of a Superman fan in the comic world. Sure, I know what he stands for, for most people. And I absolutely loved the Bruce Timm animated series. And I would probably be very upset if Card was writing Captain America instead. (What can I say, Steve Rogers is my boy. I see him more of a champion for the opressed than Superman.). So I can relate. But being I can give a slightly objective view to this, I will attempt to do so. I promise I will try not to induce your complete rage. If I fail to do so, I apologize in advance. But here it goes . . .

*Deep breath*

An oppressor often begins as the oppressed.

So what is my point?

Yes, Card is oppressive in regards to homosexuality, but maybe he has experienced oppression as well. My wife grew up with the Latter-Day Saint church. While she does believe in gay rights, it does not change the fact she has gotten labeled for that religion. Gay beliefs aside, while in high school, she was physically assaulted just because another religious student (I won’t specify which religion in particular, but I will say he was Protestant), did not believe her religion was a form of Christianity. She was also not allowed to join certain extra-curricular school clubs because of her beliefs. But not because any belief of her’s was politically incorrect. Instead, just because she was different. Something I think many gay people can relate to.

Relatability can be achieved. Maybe the Superman that Card writes will emphasize a kind of oppression he has experience with. Maybe as a result this story will allow for a productive discussion of his beliefs versus gay rights. Maybe even though because of a difference of opinion, Superman can be used as common ground. Maybe I am just reading too much in to this. Maybe it just bothers me that someone who can write a book like Ender’s Game can have such bigoted beliefs.

Who knows?

If the few ramblings of this nerd affected your opinion for the better. Awesome! If it just fueled your rage, again, I’m sorry. Or maybe you like rage. So, yay? I doubt anyone who is dead-set against Card writing Superman will change their ideas on a boycott, or however they wish to express their opinion. Which, again, is fine.

P.S.

The more I think about it, really would it be that surprising that Superman, being someone who grew up in a conservative rural area, be written by someone with similar conservative views? As I said before, Captain America is the one I see more of as a voice for the voiceless. After all, he grew up in liberal New York.

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