Stephen King slammed for 'backward and ignorant' diversity comments

16 Janvier, 2020, 05:20 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Almost three hours later, after receiving considerable criticism for the comments, Mr. King attempted to clarify.

"For me, the diversity issue-as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway-did not come up", he tweeted. He emphasized that everyone should have a "fair shot" at winning awards, but that certain people are "badly under-represented" in Hollywood.

Speaking at the 2020 Television Critics Assn. press tour on Wednesday, Erivo, who is starring in HBO's adaptation of King's The Outsider, was asked for her take on King's tweets the day before which received immediate backlash. "Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong", he said in the second.

Also weighing in on the issue was Coyote Songs author Gabino Iglesias, who tweeted 'Every writer of color reading this, including me, has had to work ten times harder to get the same recognition/opportunities straight white male authors get from the start'.

He has since been criticized by leading Hollywood names and authors saying his argument centers on the idea that quality and diversity are mutually exclusive.

"As a fan, this is painful to read from you". Erivo continued. "Change the way they think, change the way they cast things, change the way hire they their producers, their directors and their writers and make sure the room reflects the world they live in".

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In response, the Golden Globe nominated director of Selma wrote, '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'. Quality is everywhere but most industries only believe in quality from one demographic.

Another author, N. K. Jemisin, also objected to his opinion.

Author Frederick Joseph replied: "The interesting thing is that diversity generally leads to more interesting, relatable, and higher quality art..." Damn. I thought you were better than this. While Gerwig was shut out of the directing category, Little Women earned multiple nominations including nods for best picture as well as Gerwig's adapted screenplay.

Last week, the line-up for BAFTA nominees was slammed after non-white actresses Jennifer Lopez, Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo and Lupita Nyong'o were passed over in favour of Margot Robbie and Scarlett Johansson, who were each nominated twice.

The Academy has since made strides to diversify its voting body, inviting a record 683 new members the following year. The 92nd annual Academy Awards telecast is set for Sunday, February 9 on ABC.

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