Razzies rescind child actor Ryan Kiera Armstrong’s nomination after uproar

After facing intense backlash for listing a 12-year-old boy among the worst artists of 2023, the Razzie Awards is taking back the unwanted recognition and imposing a minimum age for future nominees.

The infamous annual list, also known as the Golden Raspberry Awards, was announced Sunday and included Ryan Kiera Armstrong, who starred in the 2022 horror film “Firestarter,” in its worst actress category.

Armstrong, who also appeared in “Black Widow,” “American Horror Story” and “Anne With an E,” was nominated alongside Alicia Silverstone (“The Requin”), Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World Dominion”), Diane Keaton (“Mack & Rita”) and Kaya Scodelario (“The King’s Daughter”).

“In light of the comments (with which we have come to agree), the @RazzieAwards will not include Ryan Kiera Armstrong on the final ballot,” the organization said in a tweet on Tuesday.

“Sometimes, you do things without thinking, then they call you for it. So you get it. That’s why the Razzies were created in the first place,” Razzies co-founder John Wilson said in a separate response provided to The Times.

Wilson called the criticism of Armstrong’s nomination “valid” and said it brought to his attention “how insensitive we’ve been on this case.”

“As a result, we have removed Armstrong’s name from the final ballot our members will cast next month. We also believe a public apology is due. [to] Ms. Armstrong, and I want to say that we are sorry for any harm you have experienced as a result of our elections,” Wilson said.

Wilson added that the organization would adopt a voting guideline “that prevents any artist or filmmaker under the age of 18 from being considered” for their dubious honor.

“We have never intended to bury anyone’s career. That is why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, many of us included,” Wilson said. “Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad,’ we realize we need to live up to it ourselves, too.”

Even so, the uproar on social networks was not long in coming. One critic, “Final Destination” and “Now and Then” actor Devon Sawa, was among those who criticized the organization for being run by “soulless people.”

“That kid could be amazing if you didn’t get into his head,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

“Razzies are already mean and classless, but nominating a child is just repulsive and wrong. Why put a child at risk of further bullying or worse? Be better,” aggregate Julian Hilliard, 11-year-old “WandaVision” actor.

“If you want to know how gross the Razzie Awards are, look no further than a 12-year-old girl being nominated for worst actress.” saying another Twitter user.

“An annual reminder that the Razzies are an immature and cruel holdover from a time when vulgar bullying was a fully accepted form of ‘comedy.’ They have no other reason to exist than pure meanness and spite. wrote other.

The parody awards were established in 1981 to recognize the worst in cinema and as a contrast to the more prestigious Oscars. But its co-founder seemed to acknowledge Wednesday that there was little humor in messing with a young artist.

Armstrong’s representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Times on Wednesday.

Last spring, the Razzies also retracted their 2021 special category for Worst Performance by Bruce Willis after the action star’s family announced he was retiring from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, a cognitive disorder that affects a person’s ability to speak and understand others. .


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