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Stephen King On Oscars Nominees: ‘I Would Never Consider Diversity In Matters Of Art’

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<div data-aria-label="Video" data-provider="vidible" data-published="2020-01-14T20:39:08+00:00" data-videovertical="" data-placeholder="//img.vidible.tv/prod/2020-01/13/5e1c9e11e98ab564c09cd669/5e1c9e64336c997b67f0d8ef_o_U_v1.png?w=1600&h=900&q=60"></div><div><p><a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entertainment/topic/stephen-king" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Stephen King</a> may have unwittingly singled himself out as part of Hollywood’s diversity problem.</p><p>On Monday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences received harsh <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/oscars-nominations-still-very-white_n_5e1c7873c5b6da971d198ade" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">criticism</a> — once <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/april-reign-oscarssowhite_n_56d21088e4b03260bf771018" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">again</a> — for its lack of women and people of color among this year’s <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/academy-awards-nominations-oscars-2020_n_5e1be739c5b6640ec3d69d5f" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Oscars nominees</a>.</p><p>Shortly after the nominees were announced by presenter Issa Rae (who had <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/oscars-no-women-for-best-director_n_5e1c73cac5b6640ec3d7d007" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">quite the one-liner</a> after naming those in the running for Best Director), the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite2020 began to trend on Twitter.</p><p>Amid the controversy, King decided to share his perspective on the social media platform. The wildly successful author began his argument by establishing himself as a member of the Academy, saying that he votes in three Oscar categories — Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay.</p><p>“For me, the diversity issue ― as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway ― did not come up,” King wrote of his rationale for the individuals he voted to nominate. He added a cliffhanger: “That said...”</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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...</p>— Stephen King (@StephenKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/1217058366394130433?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>In his follow-up tweet he elaborated on his thoughts about the subject — and it’s pretty loaded.</p><p>“...I would never consider diversity in matters of art,” King wrote. “Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">...I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.</p>— Stephen King (@StephenKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/1217058848403599361?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>In response, King received a tsunami of criticism. And ultimately, he gave a nod to the points his critics had made.</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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. <a href="https://t.co/nPXOeAebkb" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/nPXOeAebkb</a></p>— Ava DuVernay (@ava) <a href="https://twitter.com/ava/status/1217103032543932417?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">With all due respect, I'm afraid that a meritocracy could work only if the game weren't rigged.</p>— Laura Lippman (@LauraMLippman) <a href="https://twitter.com/LauraMLippman/status/1217075382643499009?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">With the utmost respect, I think this is quite a bit unfair. When films created by people of color, irrespective of quality, constantly get overlooked by institutions that are predominately comprised of white men, there is an implicit bias at work here.</p>— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/MorganJerkins/status/1217060644530401280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You're a very smart person ans one of my favourite writers, but you must acknowledge you've had an easier path in your career than a woman or POC, right?<br>White men disproportionately reward other white men, regardless of quality.</p>— Faron Gidge 📷 (He/Him) (@FaronGidge) <a href="https://twitter.com/FaronGidge/status/1217060108372451331?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Notice how quality is framed as innately the opposite of diversity (whiteness)? Diversity is not deficiency and it is not charity. Stephen King is a perfect example here of why these awards shows are so vvhite. <a href="https://t.co/NZEr9JGYtp" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/NZEr9JGYtp</a></p>— BlackWomenViews (@blackwomenviews) <a href="https://twitter.com/blackwomenviews/status/1217109619857920001?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I mean, Stephen King is saying what lots of “well meaning” white folks think. These folks prolly hate 45 & consider themselves good ppl & allies, all that jazz yet here we are🤷🏾‍♀️. The reality is, most WP in this country never think about or consider Black/Brown/Queer folks.</p>— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReaganGomez/status/1217121960372473856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">That is like saying "I don't see color" and as problematic.</p>— RH (@RevRLHale) <a href="https://twitter.com/RevRLHale/status/1217059862351372288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/naxhnmffp8" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/naxhnmffp8</a></p>— Mathias Nordfjord (@Methias_N_L) <a href="https://twitter.com/Methias_N_L/status/1217059960602972161?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Missing the point, Stephen<br>Why are the majority of American and European movies entrusted to male directors? Are they inherently more skilled in this area or does this represent the same inequality that plays out in all other powerful roles in our society?</p>— Andrew Galvin (@MaxHomo) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaxHomo/status/1217061340910694402?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I have pinpointed the precise moment Stephen King got cancelled. It was right here. <a href="https://t.co/EFhXlPG1Uh" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/EFhXlPG1Uh</a></p>— neontaster (@neontaster) <a href="https://twitter.com/neontaster/status/1217110012197208064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>After King was flooded with deluge of backlash, he responded with tweets recognizing the challenges facing artists who aren’t white males. </p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The most important thing we can do as artists and creative people is make sure everyone has the same fair shot, regardless of sex, color, or orientation. Right now such people are badly under-represented, and not only in the arts.</p>— Stephen King (@StephenKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/1217098149963227137?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You can't win awards if you're shut out of the game.</p>— Stephen King (@StephenKing) <a href="https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/1217098816534478850?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>The Oscars’ diversity issue was spotlighted for many when, for the second consecutive year, all 20 acting nominees for 2015 films were white. Within days of the resulting uproar, the <a href="https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/academy-announces-major-changes-to-membership-amid-oscarssowhite-backlash-1269092" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Academy announced changes</a> aimed at increasing the number of its women and minority members by 2020.</p><p>Despite such efforts, the Academy this year failed to give <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entertainment/topic/jennifer-lopez" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Jennifer Lopez</a>, who was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award for her role in “Hustlers,” a supporting actress nod. Awkwafina, who <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/awkwafina-win-golden-globes-2020_n_5e110d58e4b0843d36133985" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">made history</a> when she won best lead actress at the Golden Globes this year for her role in “The Farewell” was also snubbed. Other shocking omissions included Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”).</p><p>Notable snubs in the directing category — whose <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/academy-awards-nominations-oscars-2020_n_5e1be739c5b6640ec3d69d5f" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">nominees, for the second consecutive year, are all men</a> — were Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”) and Alma Har’el (Honey Boy).</p><p>The first ― and only ― female Oscar winner in the directing category was Kathryn Bigelow, for 2010′s “The Hurt Locker.” Gerwig was nominated for a best director Oscar in 2017 for her directorial debut, “Lady Bird.”</p></div><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>

Stephen King may have unwittingly singled himself out as part of Hollywood’s diversity problem.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences received harsh criticism — once again — for its lack of women and people of color among this year’s Oscars nominees.

Shortly after the nominees were announced by presenter Issa Rae (who had quite the one-liner after naming those in the running for Best Director), the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite2020 began to trend on Twitter.

Amid the controversy, King decided to share his perspective on the social media platform. The wildly successful author began his argument by establishing himself as a member of the Academy, saying that he votes in three Oscar 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,” King wrote of his rationale for the individuals he voted to nominate. He added a cliffhanger: “That said...”

In his follow-up tweet he elaborated on his thoughts about the subject — and it’s pretty loaded.

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

In response, King received a tsunami of criticism. And ultimately, he gave a nod to the points his critics had made.

After King was flooded with deluge of backlash, he responded with tweets recognizing the challenges facing artists who aren’t white males. 

The Oscars’ diversity issue was spotlighted for many when, for the second consecutive year, all 20 acting nominees for 2015 films were white. Within days of the resulting uproar, the Academy announced changes aimed at increasing the number of its women and minority members by 2020.

Despite such efforts, the Academy this year failed to give Jennifer Lopez, who was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award for her role in “Hustlers,” a supporting actress nod. Awkwafina, who made history when she won best lead actress at the Golden Globes this year for her role in “The Farewell” was also snubbed. Other shocking omissions included Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”).

Notable snubs in the directing category — whose nominees, for the second consecutive year, are all men — were Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”) and Alma Har’el (Honey Boy).

The first ― and only ― female Oscar winner in the directing category was Kathryn Bigelow, for 2010′s “The Hurt Locker.” Gerwig was nominated for a best director Oscar in 2017 for her directorial debut, “Lady Bird.”

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/stephen-king-on-oscars-diversity_au_5e1e2664c5b6640ec3dcac9f

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