Horror author Stephen King took to Twitter to comment on the recent Oscar nominations and declared that he would “never consider diversity in matters of art.”

King wrote on Twitter, “As a writer, I am allowed to nominate just 3 categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay.

He added, “For me, the diversity issue–as it applies to individual actors and directors, anwyay–did not come up. That said…”

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He would continue his thoughts in a subsequent tweet, where he wrote, “…I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality.”

He added, “It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”

Of course, this got a lot of people discussing and debating, and a number of journalists across the internet writing.

Yours truly weighed in with a response:

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Other responses vehemently disagreed, as the outrage machine fired up right on cue. King would even be accused of “white privilege.”

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There were also those who completely missed the point.

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It didn’t take long for #StephenKing to start trending on Twitter.

As more eyes locked onto the tweet and the responses rolled in, the IT writer would later attempt to clarify his comments.

King wrote, “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, orientation.”

He added, “Right now such people are badly under-represented, and not only in the arts.”

In a subsequent tweet he added, “You can’t win awards if you’re shut out of the game.”

Of course, this wasn’t good enough as the outrage mob would point out.

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One user made it clear they wanted Stephen King canceled and also described him as a “racist f***.”

While King was predictably faced with the woke cancel culture attacks, and he also predictably backtracked, the interesting thing here is that even though he watered down his original statement with the follow up, the writer did point out what was wrong with the arts today.

Too often, creators box themselves in trying to work around the manufactured constraints of perceived “diversity,” and the quality of their work suffers.

They sometimes go completely away from their original vision, in order to live up to the imposed standards of the perceived woke Twitter society.

King’s tweets come on the heels of comedian Ricky Gervais giving Hollywood a much needed wake up call in his Golden Globes monologue just a week ago.

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It seems that even in the culture of political correctness, times are slowly changing as more people speak their minds.

Will more public figures follow suit? Time will tell.

Was Stephen King correct in his original statement?

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