The Razzies withdraw nomination from 12-year-old actor after backlash

In a move that is becoming a tradition, The Razzies are withdrawing a nomination shortly after announcing their annual nominations in response to the widespread backlash over the decision to nominate child actor Ryan Kiera Armstrong for “Worst Actress.” As if the concept of the organization highlighting the worst movies and worst performances of the year wasn’t already considered common enough considering the actor was only 11 years old during filming Fire starter, The Razzies were the target of the insult towards the artist. Last year, The Razzies came up with the all-new “Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie” category, but after the actor revealed his aphasia diagnosis, the organization scrapped the category entirely and retroactively withdrew Shelley Duvall’s nomination for her. performance within The shining because of the psychological distress director Stanley Kubrick gave her.

“Sometimes you do things without thinking, and then you get called out for it. Then you get it. That’s why the Razzies were made in the first place,” John Wilson, founder of The Razzies, shared in a statement. Variety. “The recent valid criticism of the choice of 11-year-old Armstrong as the nominee for one of our awards has drawn our attention to how insensitive we have been in this case. As a result, we have removed Armstrong’s name from the final ballot. that our members will be casting next month. We also believe that Ms. Armstrong owes a public apology, and we want to say that we are sorry for any pain she has experienced as a result of our choices.”

The first annual Golden Raspberry Awards were held in 1981, and the ceremony was intended to counterbalance the Academy Awards. Despite initially aiming to poke fun at the pomp and circumstance of the Oscars, response to the event has shifted in recent years as social media platforms have provided audiences with more than enough toxicity and negativity that an entire event is targeted on insulting movies and artists. , even in jest, feels too directly cruel.

Highlighting how the culture has changed is that Armstrong is not the first kid to be nominated, as 11-year-old Jake Lloyd and 14-year-old Macaulay Culkin have also been nominated before. The organization has updated its policy and will no longer nominate anyone under the age of 18.

“Learning from this lesson, we also want to announce that, as of this writing, we are adopting a voting guideline that prohibits any artist or filmmaker under the age of 18 from being eligible for our awards,” the statement continued. “It was never our intention to bury anyone’s career. That’s why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, including ourselves a lot. Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad’, we realize that we do it ourselves have to fulfill.”

Armstrong has yet to publicly respond to the nomination.

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