The bestselling author has launched an attack on America's "superrich"
Horror-writer Stephen King has been scaring readers for years - but now he is turning his pen on the "superrich" of America.
In a sweary piece for the Daily Beast called "Tax Me for F@%&’s Sake!", the author of It, The Tommyknockers and Under the Dome attacks those he calls the "superrich" of America (including himself) for not paying a higher proportion of taxes.
King channels his ire especially at those who had challenged him when he asked why he wasn’t paying more than his average 28% income tax - “My question was, “How come I’m not paying 50?”.
Those who told him,“If you want to pay more, pay more“, “Cut a check and shut up” and that they were “tired of hearing about it” were challenged by King at his most irascible: “ Tough shit for you guys because I’m not tired of talking about it.”
Over three pages, King suggests that although the rich can choose to give some of their wealth away (he says that he and his wife donate around $4m a year to libraries, local fire departments and arts organisations) they cannot assume responsibility for American infrastructure. “Charity from the rich can’t fix global warming or lower the price of gasoline by one single red penny.”
He goes on to declare “In America, the rich are hallowed” before calling on the American sense of fairness and opportunity, “It’s not fair to ask the middle class to assume a disproportionate amount of the tax burden. Not fair? It’s un-fucking-American is what it is.”
King ends the article with a mention of the Occupy movement that swept the globe earlier this year: “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. Think about it.”
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King is published by Hodder.