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unpopular opinion is unpopular...

...but I really don't care

To the people who are currently whining about how they want to see Ender's Game but can't because OSC is an evil homophobic Mormon and so really there's nothing wrong in cam versions because they're not giving him a cent of their money to an evil homophobic Mormon...*

You know, if that's how you want to justify it to yourself (ignoring the fact that hundreds if not thousands of people who aren't OSC are making a living off this movie as well) go ahead, knock yourself out, free country. And maybe the next time conservative groups decide to boycott (officially or otherwise) some liberal celebrity's latest bit of self-aggrandizement, you'll be able to say, "You know, I don't agree with their position, but whatever, free country."

Or, you know, not. Because in some circles, tolerance is only tolerance if it's what you believe in.

* aka the kind of crap that's been keeping me off tumblr the last few days. Honestly I think I'd enjoy the fandom stuff a lot more if I didn't have to wade through the hip-deep down with the patriarchy and omg conservatives are so stupid/evildiatribes. I really need to be more careful about who I follow.
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I wish OSC would shut up about some of his more ... objectionable views, and I think his work has gone downhill as a result of him no longer being willing to write without incorporating some, so I've stopped buying his stuff unless it's been recced. But I will go see Ender's Game because the book was freakin' awesome (although one sequel would have been enough) and I've been waiting for this movie to be made FOREVER. I just hope they don't fuck it up.

And yes, access to the internet does not assume filters for rationality or common sense have been engaged before keyboards are touched. I only follow a couple of message boards for that reason, otherwise I would be spending too much of my relaxation time frothing at the mouth. (I do enough of that at work.)

Agree with your point on the need for tolerance cutting both ways -- I've come across this so many times in the context of past work on human rights issues, it's not funny. As in, some people think human rights should apply only to things with puppy eyes and the religion of their choice. The problem with principles is, they get in the way of easy judgments...

I wish OSC would shut up about some of his more ... objectionable views, and I think his work has gone downhill as a result of him no longer being willing to write without incorporating some, so I've stopped buying his stuff unless it's been recced.

I'm trying to think of what I've read of his that's more recent... I did read the Homecoming books a while back and saw some parallels... didn't hate it, didn't love it. I think those were written in the 90s. Haven't read any of his Alvin Maker books or Mither Mages books. I have read both books so far in the Pathfinder books which are pretty straight scifi... they're okay, but definitely more about the plot than focused on the characters, the way the EG books are.
He started to lose me on the Hegemon books, but I gave him another try with a couple of quasi-political thrillers he wrote about people subverting the US of A (can't even remember the titles, I suppressed them) which came far too close to Republican-black-helicopter-conspiracy, let's-have-well-armed-militias-to-fix-things stuff for me to be interesting. I mean, ugh. That's when I gave up.

I mean, I write stories about abuse of power and political corruption and armed conflict (mostly in my Star Trek 'verse) but I'd like to think that I do it from a perspective that is rooted in the rule of law, fundamental human rights and respect for cultural diversity.
I haven't reread the Hegemon books, but I do seem to remember the plotline where Peter starts to get groups on his side by deciding to unilaterally grant different minority groups 'country' status. And then there was his whole New World Order thing. That's going to bother anyone with even latent libertarian tendencies :) I haven't read his other stuff, but then the political thriller genre kind of bores me.

Oh, and I've been a Republican for a while now and I don't know anyone who thinks an armed militia takeover of the US would be the way to go :)
I am not a libertarian by any stretch of the imagination, but as someone who worked on the genocides of the Yugoslav secession wars and Rwanda in the 1990s I have deep issues with the concept of advancing ethnic nationalism for whatever reason ... (Not that I remember that aspect of the Hegemon books; it's too long ago and I only read them once.)

Didn't say anything about militia takeover -- that part of the sentence was supposed to be a reference to the Second Amendment/NRA concept that came out wrong (never write commentary in bed when sick). And yeah, I know that's not exclusively a Republican thing... ;-)
I plan to see it. And then I plan to send double the price of my movie ticket to something like the Trevor Project. I don't think I'll do any fanvertising for the movie (reblogging things, joining the fandom), but I do enjoy the actors and I think I'll like the storyline (haven't read the book) and there are a lot of people working on the movie that aren't OSC.
See, that's a reaction that actually makes sense.

Off topic: what does it mean that whenever I see someone mention the Trevor Project I automatically think of Neville's frog? I've probably been in fandom too long, right?
It says a lot about you, of course, that you focus on clearly important characters because Neville Longbottom is the best.
So agree with this. Though I haven't read the book and don't know if I'll see the movie. Actually, I might just because people are being pissy about it.

But that's my big complaint about Tumblr as well. I just want to look at fun pics and gifs and I don't give a rat's ass about your political b.s. Yes, yes, conservatives are soooo mean and stupid, and thinking it's kind of tacky to show your bra strap is like so misogynistic and stuff. Whatever, I don't care. Show me some cute pics from "Arrow" or "Once Upon a Time," please and thank you.
So agree with this. Though I haven't read the book and don't know if I'll see the movie.

I held off on reading it for a long time because I had this image of it just being a book about Kids Fighting Space Aliens. Which... it kind of is. But it's also so much MORE.

What OSC is really masterful at is character viewpoint and motivation. He's written a book on it that's one of my favorite writing resources. By the end of Ender's Game there isn't a 'bad' guy that you don't at least feel a little sorry for, because he makes you understand that even the worst of the worst have their reasons... and those reasons don't excuse them or make their actions less terrible, but they do make them so much more than just the Sadistic Big Brother or Schoolyard Bully or Mean Teacher... or Alien Invader.

Actually, I might just because people are being pissy about it.

Heh, you're awesome.

But that's my big complaint about Tumblr as well.

I know there's ways to filter stuff by tags, I just haven't figured out/cared enough to figure it out. I mean I'm there for the pretty pictures of Renner and the cat gifs and Disney artwork. The 1000th time someone's screed about how terrible Hollywood (which is full of liberals) is about casting people of color and how any man who criticizes your feminist worldview is Satan - or whatever the Outrageous Outrage of the Moment is - is reblogged, I kind of want to slap the computer screen.
Enders Game movie
Well, now i want to go see the movie. I saw the preview with the new Trek movie today. I have not read the book, nor as i
recall anything by the author but i'm going to go looking for his books now.
It sounds like i might like them since i am one of those "evil", "mean"
conservative .... Democrats. Yes we still exist.
I too have always been so disgusted with liberals who claim they are the
most tolerant people on earth yet do absolutely everything they can to shut
up anyone who doesn't go in lockstep with everything they believe.
The revealing of the big scandal this week with the IRS targeting conservative groups especially during the election illustrates this perfectly. Of course, the White
House is fervently claiming they knew nothing about it. And if you believe that i have bridge i want to sell you.