Newsflash: Stephen King is a Coward

Newsflash: Stephen King is a Coward

Newsflash: Stephen King is a Coward

I used to love Stephen King as a writer. I still consider It, Firestarter, and The Stand some of my favorite Stephen King novels. As a kid I remember sitting terrified in the house alone, reading Misery, and starting at every noise, with my dad’s revolver by my side… just in case.

Such was the intensity of King’s writing.

As I grew up, I began to slowly understand King’s politics, and although I disagreed with nearly all his views, I admired his ability to keep me in suspense and evoke horror, trepidation, and anxiety.

Oddly, his works never evoked joy or relief – only a feeling of dread, as I swallowed entire works, sitting home alone sick from school, which happened quite often. I never really thought about that before…

Over the past decade, King became ever more liberal, ever more unhinged – especially after Donald Trump was elected President – and ever more willing to kow-tow to the screeching progressives who used their Twitter accounts to amplify their shrieking for social “justice.”

Stephen King rarely tweets about his work as an author anymore. His days are spent squealing hysterically about Donald Trump and apologizing to the “victims of the day” about the latest perceived slight they happened to have unearthed on his Twitter feed.

Stephen King doesn’t stand up to the unhinged histrionics of the squawking proglodytes like JK Rowling did recently when she refused to lick social justice zealot taint after she tweeted out her support for a researcher who was fired for saying that although transgender individuals can change their outward appearance, male-to-female transgenders remain male and can never be, biologically, “women.”

In other words, a scientist was shitcanned for stating scientific fact, and Rowling – while definitely a liberal – also understands that firing someone for their views is abhorrent to the very idea of freedom, and firing a woman scientist whose findings and research don’t support the social justice zealot cause du jour, is repugnant to the very idea of women’s rights.

And for that, the social justice zealots decided that Rowling needed to be “canceled.”

But this is JK Rowling we’re talking about. The woman wrote some of the best selling books of all time. She has a gargantuan fan base and Scrooge McDuck levels of money. She doesn’t need neurotic transgender activists to support her. So when they demanded she genuflect at the altar of political correctness and issue an apology, Rowling simply stayed quiet. And when psychotic transgender activists magnanimously offered to reeducate her, Rowling’s reps simply gave them the finger.

A rep from GLAAD also tells Variety that the organization reached out to Rowling’s PR team and offered to facilitate an off-the-record discussion between the best-selling author and members of the trans community. Rowling’s reps declined.

Stephen King, however, is not that brave.

In a recent tweet – ostensibly in response to criticism that the Oscar nominations this year are woefully lacking “people of color” – Stephen King surprised me by bravely and honestly contending that he would never “consider diversity in matters of art.” He wrote “It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”

Ooooooh, that will never do, Mr. King.

And sure enough, the social justice outrage was palpable!


YOU HAD AN EASIER TIME GETTING PUBLISHED THAN PEOPLE OF COLOR! (For the record, King started writing short stories in 1967 and was so poor, he couldn’t pay a traffic fine until he sold a short story. He didn’t even get his first book accepted for publication until six years later. You know what he did? He worked. He wrote. He submitted his work for publication tirelessly. Meanwhile, NK Jemisin – whom everyone worships as a science fiction woman of color goddess of some sort who overcame all these obstacles – had her debut novel nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award, and short-listed for the James Tiptree Jr. Award. Her debut novel – that’s her first one – was also nominated for the Hugo Award, and the World Fantasy Award and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2011.)

PRIVILEGE! (Yeah, that’s some privilege there.)

YOU’RE SAYING THAT QUALITY WOULD SUFFER BECAUSE OF DIVERSITY! (He said no such thing, of course, but social justice nutjobs read what they want into others’ words to maintain their victim status.)

And of course, Stephen King folded like a cheap lawn chair under a fat ass.

The weak backpedal was met with understandable consternation from both sides of the aisle. The grievance mongers and malcontents immediately woke-scolded King, instructing him that this is precisely why considering “diversity” in nominations is not wrong. The folks who understand that diversity is a neutral concept – neither good nor bad – when accepted objectively, ridiculed King for his attempt to stroke the lavender-scented labia of the screeching proglodytes, manstrating himself at the shrine of their grievances.

Diversity, where it strengthens us, it’s a positive. Diversity for diversity’s sake, without consideration for quality of thought or effort, weakens us, and is a negative.

Stephen King is terrified that progressive activists – who make up about 8 percent of the population – will somehow not like him anymore if he doesn’t lick their jackboots. So instead of acknowledging the validity of his own thoughts, his rightful acknowledgment and recognition of quality over giveaways and special dispensations, he issues a weak caricature of an “apology,” groveling to the perpetually aggrieved in hopes that they won’t cancel him too.

The fact that Stephen King – a literary giant – feels the need to play obsequious sycophant to a bunch of infantile, shrieking malcontents says quite a bit about his confidence in his own work and his quality as an author.

Maybe that’s why I never felt a sense of relief or joy when reading King’s books. A miserable human being, who is so unsure of his own worth probably doesn’t understand how to evoke that emotion in others.

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Marta Hernandez is an immigrant, writer, editor, science fiction fan (especially military sci-fi), and a lover of freedom, her children, her husband and her pets. She loves to shoot, and range time is sacred, as is her hiking obsession, especially if we’re talking the European Alps. She is an avid caffeine and TWD addict, and wants to own otters, sloths, wallabies, koalas, and wombats when she grows up.

  • SFC D says:

    A quality product (any product) is a quality product, regardless of the color, gender, sexual orientation, or whatever box the producer fits in or places themselves in. Quality products get awards based on… wait for it… being a quality product! Are we to now start giving awards for “best product by a woman” or “best product by a transgendered multi-racial pan-sexual human”? I once heard this guy say that he longs for a day when his children “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” I guess that doesn’t mean much to liberals.

  • Raymond Adams says:

    I, too, was a devoted fan of Stephen King for years. Christine, The Stand, Cujo,The Tommyknockers, and more were rapid page turners and were ideal scripts for terrifying cinema(although ‘The Stand’ , a made for T.V. movie was a disappointment. Sorry Gary Sinese!). King and an actor like DeNiro exhibit massive TDS and seemingly do not realize how insulting they are to us avid fans, or more likely they just don’t care. Sadly, I will probably never read another one of his books, nor pay to see another Robert DeNiro movie, unless they profusely apologize to half the country. Not holding my breath for that.

  • Do not expect courage from anyone on the Left side of the political spectrum. They are inherently groupthinkers who need the approval of their group to feel safe. There are rare exceptions, but as a rule, they will conform when challenged on a deviancy.

  • Ryan Clark says:

    He has forgotten the face of his father.

  • Pragmatic says:

    Stop. His earlier books were good. Grant him that.

    His later books suck and my bet is that his social media activity is reflective of the fact that he no longer can produce the quality he used to produce, knows it, and uses social media to refresh his ego by “owning” people.

    Most of the people using social media for politics have never actually achieved anything in real life and like the feeling of influence it gives them. If you notice, no one at the top of their celebrity game indulges in this crap. Only b-listers and people on their way down. And the rest of the garbage are people jealous of other people’s success and hoping for a viral tweet to get some of their own.

    We should not be writing articles about tweets. By doing so, we give them more weight than they deserve. King is a has-been. No one is talking about his newer books, if even reading them. Let him sail off into the dustbin of history.

  • Rick Caird says:


    King may not say that, but I will. Just look at academics where Asians are disfavored and others favored for diversity’s sake. Does anyone really think the quality of the graduating class improves because of that. Check out sports. Does anyone think the offensive line should be diverse or should it be the best you can get. Ask quarterbacks. Diversity is everywhere and always a lowering of the bar,

    • Dann says:

      The process of implementing tokenism for the sake of “diversity” actually hurts whichever minority groups are being tokenized. Look no farther than college admissions for an example. Low grades and dropouts are far higher among those admitted into college in order to meet whatever kind of quota or ideological makeup that the gods of diversity demand. Admitting someone…ANYONE…who’s not academically ready for college-level courses and the challenges college students face is automatically setting them up for failure.

      If we truly care about helping paint a more diverse picture of people in whatever ventures or areas of interest we feel need more diversity, we should work harder to make sure that people are truly prepared for those ventures and areas.

      I read a comment from a woman who raged at Stephen King because he book didn’t get published while King’s did. As if somehow, the reason her book failed wasn’t because the odds of getting published is nigh on impossible to begin with. Or that, perhaps, the book and author didn’t catch the right publisher at the right time. Or that maybe…just maybe…the book wasn’t very good.

      You can’t use a ruler to measure out diversity without first forcing everything and everyone to be measured in blindly uniform inches. Stephen King has yards…MILES…worth of writing talent (even though he seems to have lost a step in recent years). To presume that his gender or race (or whatever identity cast is popular today) has ANYTHING to do with why he’s sold jillions of books and jillons of other writers, with lesser talent (or who, like a lot of us, didn’t work as hard or sacrifice as much to polish our writing skills) can’t become rich and famous authors is to wipe out the individual and the notion that each of us can be exceptional in some things, while ordinary (or bad) at others. It’s to paint everyone gray and treat us all as mindless, shapeless drones.

      You solve the problems of lack of diversity by creating more opportunities to lift people up, or to let them achieve greatness on their own merits, not by dragging everyone else down to a homogenous, lowest common denominator level. King should know better than to capitulate to the angry mobs.

  • Steve says:

    “As a kid … with my dad’s revolver by my side”

    Hoping this is poetic license.

  • Deserttrek says:

    never read his stuff
    he seems to be a twit

  • DANEgerus says:

    Stephen King faces the wrath of #SJW cancel culture for daring to say that art should be judged on merit… as if he has any.

    The Lesson being enforced is that ALL shall virtue signal or be destroyed for wrong-think.

  • Norm says:

    King lost me years ago when he bashed us folks in the military, he’s an utter jackass.

  • Skeptic says:

    I too used to be a rabid King fan and reader. However, over the past decade, more and more often his books became political screeds (Under the Dome and 11/22/1963 being the worst) and I lost interest. Why read someone’s work when he obviously hates you? No thanks.

  • Undine says:

    I read several of King’s books some years ago, knowing nothing about him personally. I didn’t like them. While I acknowledged his talents as a storyteller, I couldn’t enjoy reading his work because I disliked all his characters. Even the ones meant to be sympathetic or heroic struck me as vaguely creepy and “off.”

    Years later, when Twitter showed me what an awful human being he is, I wasn’t a bit surprised.

  • Cloudbuster says:

    Diversity, where it strengthens us, it’s a positive. Diversity for diversity’s sake, without consideration for quality of thought or effort, weakens us, and is a negative.

    Statements like this effectively give aid and comfort to the enemy. They perpetuate the idea that there is some sort of correct type of diversity we should be striving for, that diversity should ever be a consideration in the decision-making process.

    In reality, diversity only means anti-White and until the entire concept of diversity is relegated to the trash heap of history it will be used as a leftist weapon against normie-cons who look on bemused, saying, “B-but we just meant we wanted the good diversity!”

  • cheeflo says:

    I’ve never had the slightest interest in reading any of his books because the genre doesn’t call to me. Maybe he’s a great storyteller, but I have always had a suspicion that he is deeply weird. And now he appears gutless — it took just a couple of hours for him to retreat from the only really intelligent thing I’ve ever known him to say.

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