Maybe I’m missing something. Over the past few years, I’ve seen quite a few conversations and articles about Orson Scott Card where people are condemning him because they disagree with his opinions on political issues, predominately the legalization of same-sex marriage. Not a few people have said that, while they’ve loved his writing, they aren’t going to read any more of his writing because they are so offended by his opinions with which they disagree.
Meanwhile, 30 years ago, film director/producer Roman Polanski admitted to drugging and molesting a thirteen year old girl, then ran away before he could be sentenced, and managed to evade arrest and extradition for all this time, until this past weekend. During that time, he continued making films and being recognized by the film community for the quality of his work. When he received an Academy Award, reports I’ve heard indicated that about half the audience applauded, and half refused to because they were upset about his sex crime.
I’m a little struck by the fact that so many people seem to have no problem recognizing the value of Polanski’s work despite their (presumed) disagreement with what he did, and yet so many people can’t get past Card’s disagreement with them on some political issues. Perhaps there is little or no overlap between those groups, and, to be honest, I track news about Card all the time, and only know about Polanski’s arrest due to news coverage this weekend. Perhaps there has been as much outrage about Polanski that I haven’t seen as I have seen about Card. But it seems odd to me that there is comparable outrage over stating a contrasting opinion as there is over the sexual misuse of a teen-age girl.