Stephen King causes controversy with diversity tweet

By January 16, 2020Authors, News

Stephen King has caused a stir on Twitter with a poorly worded tweet about diversity in the arts.

Speaking about nominating artists for screenplay awards, King mentioned that the “issue of diversity” did not arise for the nominations he was looking at and that even if it did, he “would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality.”

Generally speaking he is quite correct of course- one would nominate an artist in terms of quality of their work rather than how ‘diverse’ they are. However, King misses the mark with his tweet by not first acknowledging the fact that many ‘diverse’ artists rarely get the chance of being put forward for a nomination as their work does not get the attention it deserves.

After some backlash, King proceeded to placate fans by tweeting support for the ignored and marginalised in the creative industry, however many saw that as ‘back-peddling’.

After causing such an uproar with is initial tweets, King tweeted in support of underrepresented artists and filmmakers. His tweets have certainly created some passionate conversations about diversity, representation, and privilege all through the Twittersphere.

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