On January 1, 2022, just a few hours after the start of the year, Stephen King he sat down at his computer and typed: “How beautiful to start a new year without donald trump as president”.
That statement was not part of a new novel of the renowned American writer of horror, mystery and science fiction. Neither from a short story nor from a script. It was, rather, one more of the thousands and thousands of Twitter entries that, almost a decade ago, he shared with his 7 million followers.
Since December 2013, the writer of best sellers What carrie, Item either The glow He is an active part of this platform in which, on a daily basis, he shares his opinions on the most varied topics. Far from the meticulousness and order of the prose with which he has accustomed his readers, and Unlike other big-name authors who eschew social media or have someone manage it, King has a somewhat chaotic presence on Twitter; controversial even.
Author of almost 70 novels, more than 20 film scripts and a dozen short story books, Stephen King he is as prolific on his Twitter account as he is on his fiction. With one foot in reality and the other in fantasy, few topics escape the renowned writer, who in the same day can tweet his disdain for political figures such as donald trump Y Vladimir Putincomplaints against the recent problem of inflation in the United States, praises to writers like the Canadian Margaret Atwood and complaints to others such as JK Rowlingall this mixed with an irreverent sense of humor that, although little flourishes in his books, is as elaborate as his terror.
Last week, between tweets promoting his latest book, King showed off his humorous side when he wrote: “How about this as an idea for a movie? CHILDREN OF THE CORN VS. PREDATOR. You just need the right star”, referring to the new installment of the successful film saga Predator and one of his best-known stories, one of the first to be adapted for film.
However, only two minutes after that joke, perhaps because the oven was not ready for buns after A 24-year-old repeatedly stabbed writer Salman Rushdie, King He added: “I’m trying to lift my spirits this afternoon. what happened to Salman Rushdie still haunts my mind”. On the day of the attack, the author of animal cemetery he had written: “I hope Salman Rushdie is doing well.” And seconds later: “Anyway, what kind of idiot stabs a writer? Dumbass!”.
As in the Twitter of any neighbor’s son, King he reacts to the various current problems that challenge him without the need to resort to sensible analysis. Rather, he uses his platform, his well-known last name and the millions of readers who follow him to support the causes he considers just and raise his voice against what is not. “America became a shooting gallery”, he wrote on April 17, the day five people died and almost 40 were injured in the seven shootings that took place in his country.
“If you vote to kick the gun protectors out of Congress, things can change. If they keep their seats, nothing is going to change. It’s pretty simple,” he opined. Meanwhile, in the first half of the year, the United States had more than 500 mass shootings, several of which occurred in schools, which led to the Sales rage for children’s bulletproof backpacks. “GUN CONTROL NOW! STOP THE KILLING OF THE INNOCENT!”, he added with indignation.
Just as in the literature of Stephen King certain characters and scenarios are repeated, such as the fictional towns of Castle Rock and Derry in which several of his novels take place, also in his social networks there are certain names that appear with extreme regularity. In keeping with his interest in the political reality, not only of his country but of the world, the two non-fictional characters who are the main protagonists of this eclectic and endless novel that is his Twitter account are the former US president donald trump and the current Russian president Vladimir Putin.
“Putin adopted Trump’s most brilliant (and longest-running) campaign slogan: FAKE NEWS,” he wrote of the consonances between the governments of Russia and the United States, particularly on the current problem of fake news. To continue with the relationship between the two countries, an issue with which King seems to be obsessed, as well as the importance of the role of the media, he added: “The most disturbing thing about the Russian public understanding of the war of Putin is how little they know. He quite successfully managed to choke the flow of information. It is as if Fox News is the only information that Americans can receive”.
However, since the assumption of Joe Biden as the new president of the United States, his attacks on Trump decreased and the main focus became Putin, especially with the war that Russia declared on Ukraine on February 24 of this year. Among some of his comments made on Twitter in this regard are: “Putin has to go before he kills us all. One way or another”; “Russian attacks on Ukrainian civilians are basically terrorist attacks. Slava ukraini!”; and, perhaps the most shocking, “Ukraine is Putin’s Vietnam”, referring to the war lost by the United States that lasted from 1955 to 1975.
Regarding the Russian war against Ukraine, one of the great controversies in which he was involved Stephen King was when was the victim of a prank carried out by two Russians posing as Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky. Throughout the call, in which he wore the typical American baseball cap but with the word “UKRAINE” in blue and yellow letters, the writer agreed with the most crazy proposals of this impostor of Zelensky, including the idea to “ban Russians as a nation.”
But the most serious part of the matter, which is why a controversy arose among his readers, was that King described Stepán Bandera, a Ukrainian collaborator of the Nazis during World War II, as a “national hero” and a “great man”. Quickly, seeing the commotion that was generated, King He had to go out and clarify the matter: “I didn’t know who Bandera was. I thought he was one of Zelensky’s generals or advisers, so I got carried away.”
On his Twitter, after denying that the conversation was real, he finally wrote: “Turns out they did play a prank on me. I had no idea who this Bandera guy was. So… I’m ashamed. But it turns out he wasn’t alone. Other victims who fell to these guys include JK Rowlingthe prince harry Y Justin Trudeau”.
Another of the current issues that most resonated in the social networks of the author of Misery Y the dead zone was the current debate over abortion that was generated in the United States after the decision of the Supreme Court to allow each State to decide whether it allows, prohibits or restricts it. “Welcome to The Handmaid’s Tale”, he wrote in reference to the successful novel Margaret Atwoodadapted to the small screen, in which a totalitarian state threatens women’s freedom in a world where fertility is declining.
But on the Twitter account of Stephen King not everything is serious. Between complaints and claims, the writer usually slip jokes -some more intelligent than others-, which show that, In addition to being an expert in terror, he also includes humor management among his skills. Below, and to finish, three of his funniest tweets:
“I’m thinking of a cannibalistic romantic comedy called WHEN HARRY ATE SALLY”, alluding to the legendary 1989 film When Harry met Sallydirected by Rob Reiner and starring Billy Crystal Y meg ryan.
“I was invited to a free lunch at a local restaurant where the advantages of cremation would be discussed. It tempted me, thinking that it might be my last chance to have a hot and sizzling body.”
And finally, also in relation to death and to account for your full understanding of this social network populated mostly by young people, Stephen King wrote: “I’m trending on Twitter and I didn’t even die. How fucking cool is that?”.