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Stephen King

You know something is seriously wrong when an internationally renowned author of horror, supernatural and suspense, such as Stephen King; a man who has sold 350 million books worldwide and a committed Democratic Party supporter who fervently endorsed Barack Obama’s Presidency and called Donald Trump and Iowa Republican Senator, Steve King, “racist”, is forced to backtrack for sending a tweet about the 2020 Oscar nominations which read:

“I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong…”

A social media faux pas that drew the instantaneous ire of Ava DuVernay; a black American film maker and distributor whose most notable work is ‘Selma’, which is predictably about the over-eulogised 1965 Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights marchers, led by James Bevel, who was convicted in 2008 of sexually abusing his own daughters, Hosea Williams, an activist involved in the black strikes in Atlanta and that paragon of virtue, Martin Luther King, a communist, serial adulterer and plagiarist whose FBI files cannot be opened for several more decades just in case the contents damage his over-blown celebrity status.

So what exactly is Stephen King apologising for in the Washington Post op-ed titled: “The Oscars are still rigged in favour of white people”? Well, apparently, according to King he “crossed a line”. He added:

“The subject was the Academy awards. I also said, in essence, that those judging creative excellence should be blind to questions of race, gender or sexual orientation.”

But that is blatantly not the case when literally everywhere one looks, movies, TV series and theaters are packed with non-white actors playing parts that are by time, place and setting clearly meant to be all-white. This is a fact that race hustlers like Ava DuVernay and Spike Lee simply ignore in order to further their cause, making movies like ‘When They See Us’ about the allegedly wrongful conviction of the Central Park Five. A wild mob who were accused of the rape and brutal assault of a white woman jogging in New York in 1989. Perhaps they would like the entertainment industry to truly reflect the obscene levels of black on white crime all over the United States? Maybe, a cinematic screenplay of the horrific carjacking and murder by a black drug gang of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in Knoxville in 2007? Or a re-enactment of the Black Lives Matter sympathisers who tormented and tortured a disabled white boy in Chicago’s West Side shortly after Trump’s election in 2017?

What do you think are the chances? I’m not putting any money on it. Which is why King’s retreat is symbolic. Black expectations are now super-charged. It is no longer equality they seek, but unearned reparations and preferential treatment across all spheres of life. To even hint at anything less is to be faced with a barrage of invective relating to the myth of White Privilege by bellicose Wakandans pumped up on black entitlement.



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