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Sometimes I fail to be amused and have to fall back on disgusted
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Orson Scott Card desecrates Shakespeare.

I already don't like OSC's stuff; I don't need another reason not to avoid it...

EDIT: fixed link; sorry!

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Confused, what does that link have to do with Orson Scott Card? I think that song has been around longer than he has.

Sorry, fixed the link. I *love* that song, actually...

I'm amused that the after all the words spent crushing the book's value worth and merit, and vilifying the writer ends with not one but two buttons marked "Buy This Book".

But then I'm often easily amused.

Yeah, that did strike me as odd and amusing, too...

Sometimes there is just no improving upon a classic that should be left alone, and Hamlet is one of my favorites. I have liked a book or two by Card, but this adaption sounds dreadful. To be honest, I hated John Updike's Claudius and Gertrude as well, and I typically love Updike.

OMG... Not just bastardizing Hamlet and other works, but filling them with gay-bashing falacy-laden crapola to foster his political agenda. What the hell...

Here's the punch line: Old King Hamlet was an inadequate king because he was gay, an evil person because he was gay, and, ultimately, a demonic and ghostly father of lies who convinces young Hamlet to exact imaginary revenge on innocent people. The old king was actually murdered by Horatio, in revenge for molesting him as a young boy—along with Laertes, and Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern, thereby turning all of them gay. We learn that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are now "as fusty and peculiar as an old married couple. I pity the woman who tries to wed her way into that house."

Hamlet is damned for all the needless death he inflicts, and Dead Gay Dad will now do gay things to him for the rest of eternity: "Welcome to Hell, my beautiful son. At last we'll be together as I always longed for us to be."

All of this is as horrifying as it is ridiculous. It is not, however, surprising that Orson Scott Card's primary purpose is to slander ten percent of the human race. He recently joined the board of the National Organization for Marriage, an institution which exists solely to crush gay civil rights wherever they emerge. Card has publicly stated that homosexuals will destroy America:

There is a myth that homosexuals are "born that way," and we are pounded with this idea so thoroughly that many people think that somebody, somewhere, must have proved it . . . The dark secret of homosexual society—the one that dares not speak its name—is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.”


As always with rhetoric like this, I wonder how long it will be before he is dragged, kicking & screaming, out of his closet.

I suspect that the culprit here is not any suppressed homosexuality on OSC's part, but the institutionalized attitude of the religion (LDS) he espouses. I believe that the "homophobes are all closeted" attitude is a fallacy. Sure, we have a lot of widely-publicized instances, but that's still anecdote, not statistics.

There are lots of reasons to put minorities on your "enemies list"...

I don't say all homophobes are closeted, just the frothing-at-the-mouth types.

Painful. sad. I do like 'Ender's Game'; I am saddened by this.

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