Sometimes being an Australian on the Internet can feel like coming into a conversation when it’s already half over.
Case-in-point: probably about six to twelve months ago, I started reading a bunch of awful-mostly-in-the-racist-way things attributed to “Steve King”. This left me quite confused because, like, I’ve read a bunch of that guy’s books, and he doesn’t seem like a mouth-foaming racist? But I guess he’s getting older and sometimes when–
Oh, no wait. Apparently that’s Representative Steve King, not author Stephen King.
Right. Right… phew. That means I don’t have to burn down half my bookshelf. Hooray.
I did start to wonder, though, whether sharing his name with a wingnut racist made Actual Real Stephen King sad on the inside. Then I saw:
Know why I gave my limit to @jimmowrer? Cos I hate that the mean bozo he's running against shares my Dad's name.
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) September 8, 2014
Well… I guess that answers that question. My commiserations to the family.
(I wonder if the King family can sue for, like, impugning on the family professional brand or something? Is that a thing? I’m sure companies can do it, so can people? Hm…)