July 15, 2013 |
As talk of a boycott against the movie of Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" began to gain traction last week, I found myself thinking about the project not as a story, but rather as a crucible of sorts. The film has come under scrutiny because of Card's views on gay marriage, which are, at best, antediluvian and at worst an expression of prejudice at its most profound. Card is a Mormon, and from 2009 until last year, he served on the board of the National Organization for Marriage, which fought marriage rights for gay couples.
July 11, 2013 |
The books of the bestselling, award-winning "Ender's Game" science-fiction series, about child soldiers in space, are almost universally beloved. The same cannot be said for their author, Orson Scott Card. Over the years, Card has spoken and written publicly about his opposition to gay rights and gay marriage -- to the extent that one group, Geeks OUT, felt compelled to speak up about it. On the website SkipEndersGame.com , they call for a boycott to the film adaptation coming in November.
June 7, 2013 |
Matt Birk stands by his convictions. The retired, six-time Pro Bowl center opted not to visit the White House this week with his Baltimore Ravens teammates because he disagrees with President Obama's stance on abortion. The Ravens visited the White House on Wednesday, in keeping with the tradition of Super Bowl champions. Birk, a Harvard graduate and winner of the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2012, is a devout Catholic and father of six. He was particularly angered by what Obama said at the end of a speech at a Planned Parenthood conference in April: “Thank you, Planned Parenthood.
May 28, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook Inc. said it would make a greater effort to identify and remove hate speech after a group of protesters convinced more than a dozen advertisers to boycott the giant social network unless it cracked down on content that encourages violence against women. Facebook said it would review how it evaluates reports of hate speech and improve training for online moderators. The Menlo Park, Calif., company said it would also pay closer attention to "cruel or insensitive" content even if it does not technically qualify as hate speech.
May 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans boycotted a committee vote Thursday on President Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, drawing accusations of obstructionism from Democrats. Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said McCarthy had not adequately responded to their requests for information, so they didn't show up for the scheduled vote. They want more information on how the EPA makes decisions on new regulations, how it has used private email to conduct public business, and other transparency issues.
May 6, 2013 |
Better make time for a pedicure on Tuesday - Wednesday is National No Socks Day. That's right. A day to free your feet from their confines. And I think wearing sandals is a better alternative than going barefoot -- dangerous -- or wearing regular shoes without hosiery -- sticky and uncomfortable. National No Socks Day was created by Tom and Ruth Roy, who've come up with numerous holidays over the years that are legit enough to be included some years in Chase's Calendar of Events, which writer Richard E. Meyer called “the nation's annual bible of extraordinary occasions” in a Los Angeles Times story about the Roys in 1996.
March 27, 2013 |
Some hunters are targeting Colorado's important tourism dollars by urging a boycott of the state because of its recently approved gun control legislation. “It's a question of principle,” Chris Jurney, vice president of the Colorado Outfitters Assn., a group that represents many of the guides and outfitters that cater to out-of-state hunters, told The Times. “It's a real threat; people are tired of having their rights infringed upon.” Last week, Colorado became the first Western state to approve gun control measures, including an expansion of background checks for prospective buyers and a limit on the size of ammunition magazines.
February 26, 2013 |
CAIRO - In another blow to Egypt's troubled democratic transition, the main opposition coalition announced Tuesday that it would boycott upcoming parliamentary elections because it didn't trust the Islamic-led government of President Mohamed Morsi to guarantee a fair vote. The decision by the secular and liberal National Salvation Front was widely expected after the nation's highest court ruled this month that provisions in the election law were unconstitutional. The opposition's strategy virtually ensures that Islamists, notably the Muslim Brotherhood and the ultraconservative Nour Party, will dominate the new legislature after the vote, which begins in April.
February 24, 2013
Re “ Hits with film fans are often misses with the staid academy ,” Feb. 22 Boycott the Oscars. Just because a movie is popular should not disqualify its nomination in any category. Non-historical-themed movies should also have a fair chance at nomination as well as historical movies. While the premise of a sleeper hit is nice, sometimes a movie gets the viewership it deserves in time. Boycott the Oscars until the academy determines that a movie's popularity will no longer disqualify it from nomination in any Oscar category, and the academy keeps to this decision in the future.
October 17, 2012 |
FT. MEADE, Md. - Four of the five defendants in the Sept. 11 conspiracy case boycotted the start of Wednesday's pretrial hearing rather than sit and watch as government prosecutors try to persuade the military commission judge that classified material, including information about torture and inhumane treatment, be barred from their trial at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Only Ammar al Baluchi, a.k.a. Ali Abdul Azis Ali, an alleged Al Qaeda financier, chose to attend the session while the other four refused.