‘Write books or shut up’: Stephen King takes heat after criticizing Trump’s Covid-19 response team for being ‘male, old & white’
Weighing in during the president’s national emergency declaration on Friday – where Trump was joined by a group of health officials tapped to help with efforts to contain the spread of the lethal virus – King sagely pointed out the demographic composition of the team, describing it as “all male, all old, and all white.”
Note that Trump’s coronavirus team is all male, all old, and all white.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 13, 2020
The uncalled-for observation has drawn a storm of reactions on Twitter, with many criticizing King for dragging the completely unrelated issues of race and gender into the debate over the administration’s ability to stem the health crisis.
Maybe that is because are the experts? Who would you rather have?— Gerard Batten (@GerardBattenUK) March 13, 2020
Because when fighting a pandemic, diversity is what’s most important. 🙄🙄🙄— justmelooking (@YooNeverNo) March 13, 2020
I thought only racists judged people by their skin color.— Marc Abramson (@abramson_marc) March 13, 2020
With an ever-itchy Twitter finger, King apparently didn’t watch the briefing for long before writing off the team members as too old, male and white – yet there were, in fact, women present. Realizing his error, the author fired off a quick backtrack and a “Whoops … my bad.” But hardly missing a beat, he immediately resumed the tirade, commenting that the “lady with the shawl” looked “so great” next to the other “bozo” team members – while completely ignoring her qualifications.
Whoops, there’s a woman there! My bad.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 13, 2020
Quite the parade of white men in ties, eh? the lady with the shawl looks so great compared to the rest of those bozos.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 13, 2020
The good-looking “lady with the shawl,” it turns out, is Dr Deborah Birx, who was made White House response coordinator for the Covid-19 pandemic, and since 2014 has overseen a $6.6 billion program to combat AIDS in 65 countries under the purview of the State Department. Commenters on social media rushed to inform King of Birx’s credentials, which go far beyond her looks.
She is not “the lady with the shawl”, you sexist moron. She is Dr Deborah Birx, a world-renowned medical expert and a retired Army colonel who serves as the coronavirus response coordinator in the White House. https://t.co/F7TXH9Griw— Svetlana (@RealSLokhova) March 13, 2020
The lady with the shawl...https://t.co/UfecJzhEp7King should stick to horror fiction because he sucks at facts.— De Plorabus Unum (@TedCornwell) March 13, 2020
Hey @RealSLokhova , take it easy on Stephen. Reality is not his strength, and you shouldn’t blame him for not knowing that Dr. Birx is one of the country’s critical and important leaders in our response to COVID-19. As long as he self-quarantines, we will get through this.— djbassmonkey (@djbassmonkey) March 13, 2020
Others urged King to get back to what he’s known for – writing spooky stories – and to give the factually-challenged virtue signalling a rest.
Write horror books or shut up— JC Mounduix (@JCMounduix) March 13, 2020
Famous, talented, rich guy looking for approval on twitter...wow— Mac (@ScrutonsHair) March 13, 2020
Note. This is not true. And also note, dimwit fiction writer is concerned about being woke and not the coronavirus.— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) March 13, 2020
Also present for the national emergency announcement was Seema Verma, who administers the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Trump administration, and is the founder and former CEO of health consultancy firm SVC Inc. – another female overlooked by King in his quest for internet approval.
I'm so sorry this is happening to you. pic.twitter.com/IcT6BJBc26— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 13, 2020
King's efforts to burnish his woke bona fides comes just a few weeks after he was roasted by his fellow liberals over declaring that he valued quality over diversity in matters of art – and was forced to recant that heresy. When it comes to the much less serious subject of a global outbreak, however, apparently skin color and sexual anatomy outweigh scientific expertise for the novelist.Also on rt.com Stephen King does the worst thing a celebrity can do and goes on a woke apology tour
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