The Shaming: Liberal Stephen King Gets Woken Up and Social Justiced for Claiming Awards Should Be Given Based on Merit, Not Race

 

 

Stephen King is no Rush Limbaugh.

The talented best-selling author is a critic of the President and makes no bones about his politics.

But on Tuesday, he got hit by the woke due to his suggestion that the Academy Awards should be about “quality” and that “diversity” shouldn’t be the driving force for who wins what.

As you may have heard, among the nominations — released Monday — there were no women placed in the running for Best Director.

Additionally, there were few non-whites nominated in general.

Hence, the return of an old hashtag: #OscarsSoWhite.

On Twitter, Stephen explained his approach as a voter:

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

That sounds reasonable to me, as it’s what each award is supposed to represent: the best quality.

But a whole lot of social media warriors appreciated it none.

Some pointed to implicit bias:

One person was surprised by how dumb Stephen is:

White privilege got a mention:

This guy thinks white dudes only choose white dudes, even if they stink:

And “damn”:

One person predicted the backlash:

A few hours later, Stephen apparently tried to right the ship:

Did it work?

We’re at a point now where saying that an award — by definition, a symbol of merit — should be based on that very thing is considered offensive.

But what’s the alternative? If it’s gven for any other reason, it doesn’t mean anything.

A trophy that says “Brazilian Who Directed Something,” it seems to me, isn’t worth putting on a trophy rack.

Is it?

-ALEX

 

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