Posted on 01/28/2020 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Stephen King has written an essay for the Washington Post to clarify his comments about diversity and awards.
Earlier this month, after the Oscar nominations were released, King said that he doesn’t think about diversity in his picks. (As a writer, he can make nominations for best picture, adapted screenplay, and original screenplay.)
“I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality,” he tweeted. “It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”
King's remarks raised many hackles, with some critics interpreting it as indicating that quality only came from one demographic.
King’s new piece opens with the assertion that he knows judges are not blind to demographic factors — but in a perfect world, they would be – and breaks down what he believes are the root causes of the mostly white nominee pool.
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