Horror icon and outspoken liberal Stephen King outraged his ilk Tuesday after he declared he would never consider diversity when evaluating art.
His comments were in response to the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity among the newly announced Oscar nominees — an issue that arises every year.
“As a writer, I am allowed to nominate in just 3 categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay,” Mr. King wrote in a pair of tweets early Tuesday. “For me, the diversity issue — as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway — did not come up. That said… I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”
Nearly three hours later, after receiving considerable criticism for the comments, Mr. King attempted to clarify.
“The most important thing we can do as artists and creative people is make sure everyone has the same fair shot, regardless of sex, color, or orientation,” he wrote. “Right now such people are badly under-represented, and not only in the arts.
“You can’t win awards if you’re shut out of the game,” he added.
One of Mr. King’s critics included filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for her film “13th.”
When you wake up, meditate, stretch, reach for your phone to check on the world and see a tweet from someone you admire that is so backward and ignorant you want to go back to bed. https://t.co/nPXOeAebkb— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 14, 2020
Yes, talent is evenly distributed, opportunity is not— Fabiola Cineas (@FabiolaCineas) January 14, 2020
With the utmost respect, I think this is quite a bit unfair. When films created by people of color, irrespective of quality, constantly get overlooked by institutions that are predominately comprised of white men, there is an implicit bias at work here.— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) January 14, 2020
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