Stephen King found a new way to horrify some of his readers on Tuesday⁠—with a pair of tweets that dismissed the importance of diversity in art.

King, apparently responding to the controversy over the Academy Awards nominating mostly white people in many of its categories, posted his thoughts on the matter on Twitter, writing, “I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”

 Unsurprisingly, King faced an immediate backlash from writers and readers upset that he seemed to be discounting the importance of diversity in the creative world.

King appeared to listen to his critics, quickly following up his original tweets with two that acknowledged that women, people of color and LGBTQ people “are badly under-represented, and not only in the arts.”

Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas–based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.