Author Stephen King claims that the Academy Awards are “rigged in favor of while folks” and that the Oscars need to bend over backwards to enforce diversity quotas among its voter ranks.
The anti-Trump author’s essay in the Washington Post represents a retreat following the publish backlash he received earlier this month when he tweeted that quality is more important than diversity when it comes to creating art.
Breitbart.com reports: His tweet earned him a social media lashing from prominent cultural figures including filmmaker Ava DuVernay and New York Times contributor Roxane Gay.
On Monday, King noted in the Post that women now account for 32 percent of Academy membership, up from 23 percent eight years ago. Ethnic minorities now make up 16 percent, versus 6 percent eight years ago.
“Not good enough. Not even within shouting distance of good enough,” he wrote.
Later in the essay, King noted that, “judgements of creative excellence should be blind. But that would be the case in a perfect world, one where the game isn’t rigged in favor of the white folks.”
Still, King cautioned against evaluating works of art based on diversity and other criteria that aren’t related to artistic quality.
“Judging anyone’s work by any other standard [besides excellence] is insulting and — worse — it undermines those hard-won moments when excellence from a diverse source is rewarded (against, it seems, all the odds) by leaving such recognition vulnerable to being dismissed as politically correct,” he wrote.
The author also refused to apologize for being white, male, and old. “The first two traits are genetic, and the last two are the work of Time the Avenger.”
King said his original tweet wasn’t meant to be controversial.
“Discussions of arts and culture, like discussions of politics, have become increasingly acrimonious and polarized in recent years,” he wrote.
“Lines of belief are drawn with indelible ink, and if you step over them — wittingly or otherwise — you find yourself in the social-media version of the stocks and subject to a barrage of electronic turnips and cabbages.”
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