Less than two weeks after appearing to poo-poo the need for dedicated diversity efforts when it comes to Academy Awards recognition, best-selling author Stephen King is sounding off on the ongoing need for inclusion in the film industry.
“I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong,” the 72-year-old tweeted Jan. 14, sparking heated backlash from “When They See Us” filmmaker Ava Duvernay and activist-author Roxane Gay.
Cue the cultural mea culpa: The Oscars “are still rigged in favor of white people,” King, 72, now declares in a new op-ed for the Washington Post.