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Entertainment In new op-ed, Stephen King writes that the Oscars are 'rigged in favor of the white folks'

10:45  28 january  2020
10:45  28 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Stephen King continues to clarify a tweet about diversity and the Academy Awards, writing an op - ed about how the Oscars in rigged in favor of whites . The best-selling author created a furor earlier this month when, after the Oscars only nominated one actor of color and no female directors, he

Author Stephen King wrote in a Washington Post editorial on Monday that the Academy Awards are " rigged in favor of white folks " and that the — Stephen King (@ StephenKing ) January 14, 2020. His tweet earned him a social media lashing from prominent cultural figures including filmmaker Ava

Stephen King continues to walk back a recent controversial Twitter take about diversity vs. quality at the Academy Awards, writing an op-ed for The Washington Post arguing that the Oscars are "rigged in favor of the white folks."

"Creative excellence comes from every walk, color, creed, gender and sexual orientation, and it’s made richer and bolder and more exciting by diversity, but it’s defined by being excellent," King wrote in a piece published Monday.

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Horror maestro Stephen King , clarifying his recent remarks that judging creative excellence should be blind to issues of diversity, writes in today's But that would be the case in a perfect world, one where the game isn’t rigged in favor of the white folks .” Citing an expanded voting pool and modest

Stephen King continues to clarify a tweet about diversity and the Academy Awards, writing an op - ed about how the Oscars in rigged in favor of whites .

The best-selling author created a furor earlier this month when, after the Oscars only nominated one actor of color and no female directors, he initially tweeted that "I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong."

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The backlash was swift: Ava DuVernay, the writer and director of Netflix's "When They See Us," said King's words were "backward and ignorant."

And at the recent Television Critics Association meeting, Cynthia Erivo – the only Oscar nominee of color this year for "Harriet" and a star of HBO's adaptation of King's "The Outsider" – weighed in by saying that in 2019 "we had a flurry of beautiful pieces by people who are of a diverse nature – black women, women in general."

Oscar Voter Stephen King Criticized for Saying He Doesn’t Consider Diversity in Art

  Oscar Voter Stephen King Criticized for Saying He Doesn’t Consider Diversity in Art "When They See Us" filmmaker Ava DuVernay calls King's comments "so backward and ignorant."“For me, the diversity issue — as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway — did not come up,” King wrote. “That said, I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.

Stephen King has addressed his own controversial comments about diversity in art in a new op - ed . In his op - ed , which was published by The Washington Post, King writes that “lines of belief are “But that would be the case in a perfect world, one where the game isn’t rigged in favour of the white

Stephen King ignited controversy earlier this month when, after the Academy Awards nominations This May 22, 2018 file photo shows Stephen King at the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. And to clarify, he writes that he does believe the Oscars are still " rigged in favor of the white folks

She added it was up to people in positions of power to "open their eyes and open doors" in order to better representation in the movie industry.

In his op-ed, King admitted that he found himself in "the social-media version of the stocks and subject to a barrage of electronic turnips and cabbages" after his first statement.

King wrote that there has been an improvement in diversity in the Academy's membership – he himself is a member of the writers' voting bloc – but it's "not even within shouting distance of good enough." The horror author wondered how many older white Oscar voters like him actually watched films like "Harriet" or "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," and also decried the “man-fiction” that comprises the majority of the best picture race: "There are fights, guns and many white faces."

While this year's Oscar nominations prove "we don't live in a perfect world," he concluded, "maybe someday we will. I can dream, can’t I? After all, I make stuff up for a living."

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