When you wake up, meditate, stretch, reach for your phone to check on the world and see a tweet from someone you admire that is so backward and ignorant you want to go back to bed. https://t.co/nPXOeAebkb
– Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 14, 2020
He said that diversity is not taken into account as a member of the “Academy of Film Arts and Sciences” when they carry out this task: “I will never think of diversity in artistic matters. “It’s just about quality … It seems to me that doing otherwise would be a mistake.”
As soon as King published these words, he was met with a wave of denunciations by prominent names in Hollywood. Director Ava Dovernay described his comments as “backward and ignorant”, while writer Roxane Gaye expressed her disappointment with these words.
This happens in multiple industries: the things coming from and pertaining to spaces of color and cultures outside of Europe are seen as cute, but primitive.
“Ghetto until proven fashionable,” right?
– brittany packnett cunningham (@MsPackyetti) January 14, 2020
Later, the author of The Shining later tried to clarify his comments, saying he believed in giving people a good chance, adding: “You can’t win prizes if you’re out of the game.” However, there were those who did not consider that what he said was sufficient, among them the former advisor to the former US President Barack Obama, Brittany Bucknett, who considered in a tweet that the way in which we “measure quality” is still restricted to a certain category … this representation is imperfect when it is a destination White look alone among the options available ».