Drew Barrymore Reacts to Razzies ‘Bullying’ Firestarter Little one Actress with ‘Worst’ Nomination
Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Photographs, Paul Archuleta/Getty Drew Barrymore; Ryan Kiera Armstrong
Drew Barrymore is not standing for the Razzie Awards selecting on a toddler actor.
Whereas on CBS Mornings, the previous youngster star (who was additionally the lead within the 1984 Firestarter film) mentioned she didn’t approve of the Razzies nominating a toddler among the many “worst” performances of the yr. The spoof awards show apologized for placing 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong on its checklist for her work in final yr’s Firestarter remake and altered its tips to now not nominate anybody below 18.
Final yr, Barrymore, 47, had Armstrong on her daytime talk show, and after they hugged one another onstage, each acquired emotional as Barrymore advised the younger actress, “I watched the movie and it is so good. You are so good in it. … You are so superb in it.”
Barrymore mentioned this week, “I do not prefer it. As a result of she is youthful, and it’s bullying. We do need to be cautious about how we communicate to or about folks as a result of it encourages different folks to hitch on that bandwagon. And I am glad to see folks did not bounce on the ‘let’s make enjoyable of her’ wave, as an alternative mentioned, ‘This is not proper.’ “
Co-host Gayle King then requested Barrymore if she’s ever had a Razzie. Barrymore joked, “I have to’ve! I ought to’ve. Has anybody seen Doppelganger? Oh, my God! My cameo in Waxwork 2 ought to’ve warranted one. Nevertheless, the Razzies, you gotta have a humorousness about your self, however whenever you’re speaking about youngsters, all bets are off. I do not prefer it.”
In line with The Independent, Barrymore additionally addressed the state of affairs on her speak present, saying it “makes my blood boil.” She added, “Pay attention, I get poking enjoyable at ourselves, I imply come on, truthful recreation, carry it on, however Ryan is 12 years previous and Razzie co-founder John Wilson has since apologized and eliminated her from the class and mentioned they’re implementing a brand new rule precluding anybody 18 years or youthful.”
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After the nominations were announced earlier this week, folks on social media expressed outrage over the organizers naming a toddler actor on its checklist. The official Razzies Twitter account then posted on Tuesday, “In mild of suggestions (which we have come to agree with) the @RazzieAwards won’t be together with Ryan Kiera Armstrong on the ultimate voting poll.”
In an extra assertion obtained by Variety, Razzies founder John Wilson apologized and mentioned they may now not nominate folks below 18. He known as the outrage “legitimate criticism” that “introduced our consideration to how insensitive we have been on this occasion.”
Moviestore/Shutterstock, Common Footage/Moviestore/Shutterstock Drew Barrymore in Firestarter (1984); Ryan Kiera Armstrong in Firestarter (2022)
“Generally, you do issues with out pondering, Then you’re known as out for it. Then you definitely get it. It is why the Razzies had been created within the first place,” Wilson mentioned. “… We now have eliminated Armstrong’s identify from the Remaining Poll that our members will forged subsequent month. We additionally imagine a public apology is owed Ms. Armstrong, and want to say we remorse any damage she skilled on account of our selections.”
“Having discovered from this lesson, we’d additionally prefer to announce that, from this level ahead, we’re adopting a Voting Guideline precluding any performer or filmmaker below 18 years of age from being thought-about for our awards,” he continued. “We now have 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 Unhealthy,’ we understand that we ourselves should additionally reside as much as it.”