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Stephen King Just Commented On His Controversial Statement About 'IT' In 2013

Viewers are noticing a scene from the book didn't make it into the new film adaptation of IT.

The scene, which was cut from both movie adaptations, involved members of The Losers' Club having sex in the sewer to escape the tunnels. This isn't the first time Stephen King addressed the controversy.

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In 2013, King wrote on his website:

I wasn’t really thinking of the sexual aspect of it. The book dealt with childhood and adulthood –1958 and Grown Ups. The grown ups don’t remember their childhood. None of us remember what we did as children–we think we do, but we don’t remember it as it really happened. Intuitively, the Losers knew they had to be together again. The sexual act connected childhood and adulthood. It’s another version of the glass tunnel that connects the children’s library and the adult library. Times have changed since I wrote that scene and there is now more sensitivity to those issues.

Some Twitter users had big feels about the controversial scene:

The film is receiving rave reviews:

When Vulture asked King about his 2013 remarks, he said:

That sounds like my statement. To it I’d just add that it’s fascinating to me that there has been so much comment about that single sex scene and so little about the multiple child murders. That must mean something, but I’m not sure what.

That adds an interesting layer, and sheds light on what makes people feel more uncomfortable — violence or sex. 


H/T: Vulture, Uproxx