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
- Writer Stephen King decided to tweet out that he thinks considering diversity in matters of art is "wrong"
- He was saying this in the context of what he chose to vote for as an Academy Awards voter (King is part of the writer's branch and is thus eligible to nominate films in Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture)
- In subsequent tweets he acknowledged racism and sexism in the arts and said the focus should be on creating a more even playing field in what is produced
- Director and writer Ava DuVernay was not amused by his comments
- This year's Oscar nominees in the screenplay categories are made up of 10 scripts written by 13 writers. 2 are white women, 3 are moc, the other 8 are white men