Posts Tagged ‘stephen king’

Stephen King shits the cot

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

I’ve already touched on Stephen King here at meatlights regarding his stereotypes of Italian-heritage characters. To date I’m the only person on the web who has ever pointed this out.

I’m not personally insulted by King’s Mediterranean “racism” since I long ago stopped reading him and even his best novels are littered with stereotypes, primarily Magical Negroes and a literal army of bastard children with supernatural powers.

I haven’t read any King books cover to cover since The Green Mile. I read the last part of the final Dark Tower novel in the bookstore and felt really bad for people who actually gave a crap about Roland, as it was one of the most atrocious cop-out endings ever.

For Conservatives who used to read King, author of classics The Shining and The Stand, and his readers still bothering today, all should be grateful that his overly-long, wordy novels don’t have nearly as much liberal proselytizing as they could have.

Lately King’s been getting a lot of well-deserved heat for this snarky aside, given to high schoolers:

“I don’t want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don’t, then you’ve got, the Army, Iraq, I don’t know, something like that. It’s, it’s not as bright. So, that’s my little commercial for that.”

So far King refuses to apologize for these thoughtless remarks while many of his fans try in vain to spin what he said into a positive. Nice try, but no matter how hard King denies it, he wrote Dolores Claiborne and Insomnia.

I ask you King fans which is more believable:  that the bulk of today’s soldiers are not only literate but college-educated, or King’s wife Tabitha and son Owen (cleverly-disguised as “Joe Hill”) got book deals on their own merit.

Don’t take too long to answer. Other than this post, I don’t give a shit.

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Stephen King has it in for Meatball-Americans

Sunday, 9 December 2007

I’ve read all Stephen King works up till 1993. Nowhere in any of the novels, short stories or movies is there a single “positive” Italian-American character.

If there be a wop in a King Book, he’s got three choices of what to be: mafioso, wiseguy or crime boss. OR there’s the stereotype-breaking characters:  in Skeleton Crew it’s an old,  stinking, ignorant, bandana-wearing, banana-peddling junk dealer (missing only the monkey and the organ) or the watermelon-slinging meatball with his old-country Luigispeak in The Long Walk.

Look, I (used to) love Stephen King. Whatever he’s got against Americans-of-Italian-descent is his problem. That and the oh-so-rare rare ability to say in 23 words what better writers say in ONE.

I really don’t give a damn, I’m just surprised no one else ever noticed Stephen King’s prejudice.