Thousands of Twitter replies challenge Stephen King’s tweet on diversity in art

Author Stephen King got ratioed on Twitter by some big names who adamantly rejected his opinion about diversity in the arts.

King first tweeted out on Tuesday that as an author, he is allowed to put forward contenders in three categories for the Academy Awards and went on to comment on “the diversity issue.”

Thousands of Twitter replies challenge Stephen King’s tweet on diversity in art

Stephen King@StephenKing

As a writer, I am allowed to nominate in just 3 categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay. For me, the diversity issue–as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway–did not come up. That said…8,8146:18 AM – Jan 14, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy1,469 people are talking about this

“I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality,” the tweet said. The single post quickly racked up over 11.8K replies, most of which criticized King’s “bad take” and far outnumbered any show of support.

Thousands of Twitter replies challenge Stephen King’s tweet on diversity in art

Stephen King@StephenKing

…I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.59.4K6:20 AM – Jan 14, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy20.4K people are talking about this

The “Rage” author immediately drew the ire from an array of celebrities, including award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

Ava DuVernay@ava

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. https://twitter.com/stephenking/status/1217058848403599361 …Stephen King@StephenKing…I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.37.3K9:15 AM – Jan 14, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy6,327 people are talking about thisMORE: Celebrities react to Oscar nominations

Followed by famed author Roxane Gay, who questioned why diversity and quality couldn’t be synonymous.

Thousands of Twitter replies challenge Stephen King’s tweet on diversity in art

Stephen King@StephenKing · Jan 14, 2020

…I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.

roxane gay@rgay

As a fan, this is painful to read from you. It implies that diversity and quality cannot be synonymous. They are not separate things. Quality is everywhere but most industries only believe in quality from one demographic. And now, here you are.18.3K11:28 AM – Jan 14, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy2,040 people are talking about this

Latinx Disney star Dani Fernandez challenged King’s tweet with her own response about a lack of diversity among voters.

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