Stephen King embroils himself in 2020 Oscars diversity row

Ava Du Vernay reacted to Stephen King's tweet about diversity

Stephen King landed in hot water this week after tweeting his reaction to Oscar backlash after the 2020 nominations showed a lack of women in key creative categories - including Best Director.

"I would never consider diversity in matters of art", he continued. "Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong", he said in the second.

The famed author - revered by many on social media for his outspoken liberal views - was barraged by angry messages after weighing in on a debate sparked by this year's Academy Award nominees, who have been criticized for not being adequately diverse.

King is actually a leftist himself, but to his credit he has some class and offers that quality shouldn't be sacrificed just for the sake of diversity.

The comments by the best-selling ME author came shortly after the announcement of this year's nominees for the Academy Awards, widely criticized for choosing only male directors and for an nearly entirely white group of acting finalists.

'For me, the diversity issue-as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway-did not come up'. Many stated that they respect Stephen King, who is easily one of the most prolific authors of his time, but that they felt his statements were very out of touch.

King has been criticised by people from minority backgrounds over his comments.


The tweet has prompted over 10,000 replies in response, many of them critical, with prominent figures including author Roxane Gay and director Ava DuVernay expressing their disagreement. "And now, here you are".

His remarks were so traumatic for director Ava DuVernay that she lamented how she wanted to crawl "back to bed" after being crushed by someone she had (previously?) admired.

We talked to the "West Wing" vet Wednesday at LAX about King's controversial tweet, reacting to movie fans and critics pissed about this year's Oscar nominees lacking diversity.

The English actress, who is black, is a double nominee for her her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in the film "Harriet" and for the film's original song "Stand Up". "I'd like to think I'm part of the world of diversity".

"I think that we just have to open the doors and open our eyes to those people who are making the work. If I can create room for others, that's also what I'm going to do", she said. "Change the way they think, change the way they cast things, change the way they (hire) their producers, their directors and writers and make sure it reflects the world that we live in".



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