I stated many times that I am too lazy of a consumer to do boycotts. I mean – I’m pretty sure a lot of my money lines the pockets of people I wouldn’t approve of. I’m just too lazy to research enough to really stand my ground on anything.
Instead, what I chose to do last year, was to avoid being mistaken for someone who supports the fight against gay marriage. Have I gone a year without a chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A because I don’t want Dan Cathy getting my money? No. I’ve gone a year without eating at Chick-fil-A because the controversy became so public that I feared my purchase could be misinterpreted as support. I have gay friends and family who really assume at this point – after the widespread attention that Dan Cathy’s comments got – that anyone who still eats at Chick-fil-A must simply either A) Agree with him or B) Not disagree enough to care.
And god forbid ANYONE see me in the drive-thru line and assume that. So? No Chick-fil-A for me. Not really a boycott…more like avoiding hanging out with the kid at school that eats his boogers at the risk that everyone then believe that I eat MY boogers.
Recently I mentioned reading Ender’s Game. Many of you pointed out the author’s stance on gay marriage on that entry and I suddenly remembered a Vlogbrother’s video about an author Hank Green loved who turned out to be kind of an asshat. I googled it and YEP. SAME GUY.
ARRRRRGGGHH! Why didn’t I remember that before I read the book?!?!
Because – here’s the situation. I loved the book. The main reason I read the book was because I saw the trailer; and the trailer for the movie looked awesome so I thought…I should read that book before the movie comes out! And I did! I basically read the book in anticipation of loving the movie. AND I LOVED THE BOOK. So, you know, I became even more excited about the movie!
And since I realized what I had done, I’ve been debating in my mind about what I’ll do when the movie comes out. Do I separate the art from the artist? Do I refuse to allow even one dime of my money to line the pockets of someone so staunchly against gay marriage that he sits on the board at the National Organization of Marriage? Well…I was kinda deciding to still see the movie because I didn’t feel like the controversy had become mainstream enough yet. (I know. That makes me sucky. I’m just being honest here, people.) I didn’t feel like my going to the movie would be interpreted as support for Card and the NoM so it would be okay.
But…the boycott is gaining momentum. So much momentum that the studio released a statement proclaiming their support for gay marriage.
GUYS! I’m so torn! I WANT TO SEE THAT MOVIE SO BAD. I thought it was hard to give up chicken sandwiches…but not seeing this movie is going to be tough! I’m thinking I’ll just wait until it’s on Netflix or something so I can watch it for free. That should ease some of my guilt, right?
BAH. Why do close-minded people make awesome things like great sci-fi and yummy sandwiches?
What are your thoughts? Are you going to see the movie? Do you have other examples of this in your life where your love of a product conflicts with your feelings about the creator of that product? What resolution did you come to?
I feel like I should point out that I’m writing this entry at 3:30am. I’m having some major issues with stress and sleep. It’s starting to piss me off. Just wanted that to go on record. KIM IS PISSED OFF ABOUT NOT SLEEPING WELL.
As you were.