After you’ve written as many bestsellers as Stephen King and have legions of fans, you can easily defend yourself with the mightiest keyboard in your arsenal. When he was flamed on Twitter, where 140 characters to Stephen King is like trying to fill a giant’s belly with a single green pea.
This is the same writer who gave us Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, It, Misery and a ton of incredible novels, novellas and short stories that generated awesome films like Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and others.
Twitter is table scraps for wordsmiths like King. He’s not going to take a beating over his views on the lack of diversity without writing a more meaty, pensive article for a major publication that can’t wait to publish anything with his name in the byline.
He’s pretty much stating the root of the problem I wrote about when this kerfuffle broke recently here: Yikes, even Stephen King gets flamed on Twitter over Oscar diversity issues
The best sentence is bolded below (my emphasis):
“My overall attitude that, as with justice, judgments of creative excellence should be blind,” King wrote. “But that would be the case in a perfect world, one where the game isn’t rigged in favor of the white folks. Creative excellence comes from every walk, color, creed, gender and sexual orientation, and it’s made richer and bolder and more exciting by diversity, but it’s defined by being excellent.Stephen King Goes Ultra-Woke After SJWs Scold Him For Anti-Diversity Comments: Oscars ‘Rigged In Favor Of The White Folks’ | The Daily Wire
It’s good to see that the academy is getting more diverse in its membership. It’s good to see more women, minorities and LBGTQ involved in filmmaking. It’s also good to see the abuse of men against/toward women on high alert in Hollywood. All good. Progress being made.
We need to see more high quality movies being developed by these groups of people and this year would be the time to see them in greater numbers so that come next Oscars season we can see more of these movies nominated for awards.
I would respectfully caution that there could come a time when the pendulum swings the other way. Where the minority becomes these same “white folks” that the game Stephen King mentions is rigged against. We need to be mindful not to discriminate against any group of people, including these “white folks” (I’m one of them) and that is my only word of caution in this rising tide of improving diversification for all.
All = everybody.