Stephen King, the author of such novels as Salem’s Lot, It, Carrie, and The Stand, recently got himself in some trouble with the Twitter thing. King is no stranger to Twitter and he is a regular vocal opponent of anything Trump on the platform. He is also a full-throated advocate of just about any Leftist cause that comes down the pike and out of the mouth of AOC.
Most recently, King, however, sent out a tweet not completely in line with the Left’s woke agenda. Said the weird-looking novelist:
I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong
Well, at least it was short…and apparently controversial to those on the Left. Imagine that- judging pieces of art be they literature, movies, television, or paintings by their quality.
It is believed King sent out the tweet over recent complaints about this year’s Oscar nominations. The complaints are that they are too white and too male. The backlash against the comment was swift and harsh. Ava DuVernay,who is some kind of woke folk hero for being a black female filmmaker, responded:
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
That was actually rather tame amid accusations of sexism and racism. Of course, they trotted out two of their newest catchphrases: “white privilege” and “the patriarchy.”
Like the wimp he is, King felt obliged to pen an article in the Washington Post in which he said that the Oscars were “rigged in favor of white folks.” He also criticized the lack of diversity in the Academy and that he, like the rest of his woke kindred, have been waiting for more progress to be made in recognizing minority and women filmmakers.
In a sense, you have to see this from King’s perspective. He belongs to a holy leftist circle and he does not want to be boxed out by his clique. So he did what any sad-sack Leftist would do and showed an appropriate act of contrition. When you stray from the party line, you leave yourself open to the knee-jerk accusations of racism and ignorance. Get a black female filmmaker to criticize and the accusations are magnified.
But, this groveling at the feet of the social justice fruitcakes is nothing but empty pandering. It’s quite sickening to watch. Naturally, no one really takes them all that serious anymore. King found himself in hot water. He was attacked by the cool kids club. But pen an op-ed in the Washington Post and drop in a few pithy catchphrases and, above all else, go after those pesky white folks who rule everything, then they welcome you back in with open arms.
We have seen this before. Actor Matt Damon offered up the “controversial” view that #MeToo accusations be judged on an individual basis and that a “spectrum of behaviors” be taken into account. This seems like a rather benign statement steeped in the notion of due process. Soon thereafter in response to the Leftist Twitter mob, he made a complete 180 degree turn and said he “…should get in the back seat and close my mouth for awhile.” What better way to get back in the good graces of the Left than basically apologize and make an appearance on a dying late night “comedy” show portraying a conservative Supreme Court nominee?
And on it goes. If you step out of line, you are cast out. The only way to get back in is to pander, apologize, and lick some boots. You must atone for your unfiltered moment of honesty. Are we to believe Stephen King? Or are we to see his op-ed for what it is: a long-winded rant about a “rigged” system in a sad attempt to get back in the good graces of the clique?
Maybe Stephen King’s next novel should be about a novelist who grew a spine and stood behind a honest Tweet.