Razzie Awards founder John Wilson has apologized to 12-year-old Ryan Keira Armstrong for her worst actress nomination for her performance in last year’s film Firestarter. Actors below the age of 18 will no longer be considered for nomination, he added. The organization, which nominates the worst in film every year, faced a backlash from film fans and former and current child artists who condemned the bullying of a young actor. (Also read: Razzies nominates 12-year-old for worst actress, Anna de Armas-starrer Blonde tops: ‘Feels straight up bullying’)
On Sunday, Razzies revealed its list of the “worst” movies and performances of 2022. Blonde, acting Anna D’Armes, led the nominations with eight nods. Ryan, who starred in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, was nominated for The Raccoon alongside Alicia Silverstone, Bryce Dallas Howard for Jurassic World Dominion, Diane Keaton for Mac & Rita, and Kaia Scodelario for The King’s Daughter. .
After that, Twitter was flooded with tweets condemning the organization for picking a young actor. Julian Hilliard, who worked on Disney’s Wanda Vision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, wrote, “The Secrets are already rude and classless, but naming a child is just disgusting and wrong. Why would a child Be put at risk of increased bullying? Or worse? Be better.”
In a statement, Razzie founder John shared, “Recent valid criticism of 11-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards brought to our attention how insensitive we are on this issue. As a result However, we have removed Armstrong’s name from the final ballot that our members will cast next month. We also believe that a public apology is owed to Ms. Armstrong, and want to say that we do not have to face any consequences as a result of our election. suffered.”
“Having learned from this lesson, we would also like to announce that, from now on, we are adopting a voting guideline that excludes any actor or filmmaker under the age of 18 from our awards,” he added. It was never intended to bury anyone’s career. That’s why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, including us.”
John concluded his letter by saying, “Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bird,’ we feel we must live up to it ourselves.” The winners of their 43rd edition will be announced on March 11, the day before the Oscars.