Razzies apologize to ‘Firestarter’ star Ryan Kiera Armstrong for Nom
“Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad,’ we understand that we have to live up to that ourselves,” Razzie co-founder John Wilson said, referring to the new policy for nominees 18 and older.
The Razzie Awards are based on their own bad decisions.
After 11-year-old “Firestarter” star Ryan nominated Kiera Armstrong for worst actress, Razzie co-founder John Wilson released a statement rescinding the nomination and apologizing to Armstrong.
“Sometimes you do things without thinking and then you get called out for it,” Wilson said. “Then you get it. That’s why the Razzies were created. The recent legitimate criticism of 11-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards brought to our attention how insensitive we were in this case. As a result, we removed Armstrong’s name from the final ballot, which our members will submit next month.”
Wilson added: “We believe we owe Ms. Armstrong a public apology, and we want to say we are sorry for any hurt caused by our decisions. Learning from this lesson, we would also like to announce that from this point forward we will adopt voting guidelines that exclude performers or filmmakers under the age of 18 from receiving our awards.”
The Razzie Awards statement concluded: “It was never our intention to bury anyone’s career. That’s why we created the Redeemer Award. We all make mistakes, a lot of us. Since our motto is “Make your own bad”, we know that we have to live up to it ourselves.
Armstrong was joined by actresses Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic Park: Dominion”), Diane Keaton (“Mack & Rita”), Kaya Scodelario (“The King’s Daughter”) and Alicia Silverstone (“The Requin”) for the dishonorable title. . Dubbed the “anti-Oscars,” the Razzie nominations were announced 24 hours before the nominees for the 95th Academy Awards.
Armstrong starred opposite Zac Efron in the second adaptation of Stephen King’s 1980 novel about a young girl with pyrokinetic powers. The film flopped in theaters and on Peacock and received poor reviews. Armstrong played the same role as Drew Barrymore in the 1984 film.
The response to Armstrong’s Razzie nomination was led by child stars like Devon Sawa and “WandaVision” actor Julian Hilliard.
“The Razzies are run by heartless people. Nominate a 12 year old? Fuck them,” wrote Sawa a since deleted tweet. “That kid could be amazing if you didn’t get into his head.”
Hilliard he tweeted, “Raids are already malicious and classless, but tagging a child is simply disgusting and wrong. Why put a child at increased risk of bullying or worse? Be better. (This is no joke) when it comes to a child. This “joke” can have a very negative effect. They crossed a line.”
The Razzies previously nominated child star Jake Lloyd for “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” in 1999, and Macaulay Culkin received three Razzie nods for “Getting Even With Dad,” “The Pagemaster” and “Richie Rich.” in the movies. in 1995.
Razzie co-founder Wilson recently said BuzzFeed News that the “fury” surrounding Armstrong’s nomination was “exaggerated.”
“I can see how it could be taken that way (mean). I don’t think they meant it that way,” Wilson said. “There is justice in it. It’s the Razzies, for God’s sake!
He added: “It was meant to be funny. In this particular case, we seem to have gone very badly wrong. I would admit that.”
The Razzie Awards have revoked mock awards for Bruce Willis and Shelley Duvall in recent years.
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