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Stephen King would “never” consider diversity when judging movies and he sure wants us to know it.

Corinne Segal

January 14, 2020, 11:28am

Good morning, everyone! It’s Tuesday, the Oscars are still racist, and Stephen King has some stuff to say!

Apropos of nothing at all—apart from what we can only presume was the crushing sense of responsibility felt by all white men who sense that someone, somewhere, is talking about diversity and their input is required—King tweeted on Tuesday that he would “never” consider diversity when weighing the quality of a film.

This take, the “I don’t see race” of tweets, did not go over well with followers who pointed out that his viewpoint, that of a white man, is not necessarily universal, that no one is immune to the effects of implicit bias, and that, in fact, it is possible to consider both quality and diversity. It is 2020, the phrase “the diversity issue” is compartmentalizing and paternalistic, we have been having this conversation for a long time, and everyone is tired:

A couple of hours later, King tweeted that “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.” Yes, and maybe that could have been the original tweet! Instead of—or perhaps after—throwing yourself into the rage cycle that will eventually destroy us all, though, go read Franklin Leonard’s alternate history of this year’s nominees in The Washington Post.

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