So there might be a little bit of hypocrisy coming from the media. In a new op-ed, Stephen King claims that the rich could be headed the way of Marie Antoinette, who “lost her head”, if they don’t change their tune and pay “their fair share” of taxes. Isn’t that just threatening people with a guillotine? It’s weird because not long ago Glenn was criticized for saying that “Occupy” would call for and bring about violence in the street – but I guess the media has no problem ignoring the violent rhetoric when it’s coming from someone like Stephen King. Surely they will pay attention when it’s not a celebrated author calling for violence, but rather anonymous masses carrying out their brand of vigilante justice in the streets.
Writing for The Daily Beast, King said, “This has to happen if America is to remain strong and true to its ideals. It’s a practical necessity and a moral imperative. Last year during the Occupy movement, the conservatives who oppose tax equality saw the first real ripples of discontent. Their response was either Marie Antoinette (“Let them eat cake”) or Ebenezer Scrooge (“Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?”). Short-sighted, gentlemen. Very short-sighted. If this situation isn’t fairly addressed, last year’s protests will just be the beginning. Scrooge changed his tune after the ghosts visited him. Marie Antoinette, on the other hand, lost her head.”
Now, King is surely just being metaphorical in his statements above – but would anyone give a conservative the benefit of the doubt if they made comparable statements? Probably not.