Stephen King vs. the PC Police
Here is what Stephen King said in regards to the diversity controversy at the Oscars: “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…I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.” Not surprisingly, this set off the SJWs. But he is absolutely right. If you give an award to a minority person because he or she is a minority person and not because of merit, that is tokenism. That is just another form of racism.
Note that King did *not* say that there *wasn’t* a problem anywhere along the line. To answer the bleating of the PC sheep, he clarified in later comments: “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.” He’s right about that, too.
Artists and entertainers should be judged based on the quality of their work, never on the color of their skin. But that means that they shouldn’t be afforded partiality, either. That’s insulting. Skin pigmentation shouldn’t enter into the equation *at all*. Only then can there be true equality.
All that being said, Lupita Nyong’o *totally* should have been nominated for Best Actress. Totally.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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