Stephen King apologized on Wednesday for a badly worded tweet in which the author suggested that Dylan Farrow’s open letter about sexual abuse had a sense of “palpable b*tchery” to it. The tweet earned King a load of angry replies, after which he attempted to walk back the tweet and explain that it didn’t come out right.
After spending a day trying to figure out how to respond to the backlash, King took to Facebook where, as he explained, he was given more than 140 characters to explain what he meant.
Unlike what his critics believed, Stephen King didn’t allude to the idea that Dylan Farrow, or her mother Mia Farrow for that matter, was a b*tch. Rather, he explained, “I used the wrong word to describe not Ms. Farrow–either Ms. Farrow–but a sad and painful mess.”
He pointed to several of his works that show he has “plenty of respect for women, and care about the problems and life–the situations they face.” King added that he has “no sympathy whatever for those who abuse children.”
Facebook users responded to King’s post with support, sympathy, understanding, and forgiveness. The original tweet has since been deleted, though Stephen King’s apologies are still up.