February 3, 2023
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Razzies Apologize for Nominating 12-Yr-Previous Actor, Enforces New Age Restriction

After an outpouring of responses, The Razzie Awards has introduced an age restrict for nominations following controversy from the occasion nominating 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong for Worst Actress.

Razzies founder John Wilson posted an announcement on-line apologizing and confirming Armstrong has been dropped from the poll whereas introducing a brand new rule that expertise beneath the age of 18 received’t be eligible to be nominated once more.

Though the Razzies is understood for celebrating the “worst” performances and movies of the yr, many movie followers discovered Armstrong’s Firestarter nomination tasteless. The movie additionally stars Zac Efron and Kurtwood Smith and focuses on “a younger woman tries to know how she mysteriously gained the facility to set issues on fireplace together with her thoughts.” Alongside Worst Actress and Worst Movie, Firestarter was additionally nominated for Worst Remake/Rip-off/Sequel.

Former baby actor Devon Sawa (Chucky) was among the many critics holding the awards present to process. “Soulless folks run the Razzies,” Sawa mentioned in a now-deleted tweet. “Nominating a 12-year-old? F**okay them. That baby may develop to be wonderful should you haven’t gotten of their head.”

WandaVision and Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity actor Julian Hilliard additionally reached out to assist Armstrong on-line, writing: “The Razzies are already mean-spirited & classless, however to appoint a child is simply repulsive & incorrect. Why put a child susceptible to elevated bullying or worse? Be higher.”

Learn the total assertion under:

Typically, you do issues with out considering, Then you might be referred to as out for it. Then you definitely get it. It’s why the Razzies have been created within the first place.

The latest legitimate criticism of the selection of 11-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for certainly one of our awards introduced our consideration to how insensitive we’ve been on this occasion. Consequently, we’ve eliminated Armstrong’s identify from the Last Poll that our members will forged subsequent month. We additionally consider a public apology is owed to Ms. Armstrong, and want to say we remorse any harm she skilled on account of our selections.

Having realized from this lesson, we might additionally prefer to announce that, from this level ahead, we’re adopting a Voting Guideline precluding any performer or filmmaker beneath 18 years of age from being thought-about for our awards.

We’ve by no means meant to bury anybody’s profession. It’s why our Redeemer Award was created. All of us make errors, very a lot us included.

Since our motto is “Personal Your Dangerous,” we understand that we ourselves should additionally reside as much as it.

John Wilson, The Razzie Awards