The Razzies Awards founder John Wilson had to issue an apology earlier today in the wake of twelve-year-old actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong being nominated as ‘worst actress’ for her role in the “Firestarter” remake last year.
Armstrong was nominated for the award alongside Bryce Dallas Howard for “Jurassic World: Dominion,” Diane Keaton for “Mack & Rita,” Kaya Scodelario for “The King’s Daughter” and Alicia Silverstone for “The Requin”.
The nomination for Armstrong faced backlash from several online users, including several current and former child stars. “WandaVision” star Julian Hilliard, 11, said in a tweet: “The razzies are already mean-spirited & classless, but to nominate a kid is just repulsive & wrong. Why put a kid at risk of increased bullying or worse? Be better.”
In a statement, Wilson says the awards show will impose an age limit for people they seek to nominate in future years. Armstrong’s name will be removed from the final ballot when members vote next month, and the organization regrets any hurt it may have caused:
“Sometimes, you do things without thinking, Then you are called out for it. Then you get it. It’s why the Razzies were created in the first place. The recent valid criticism of the choice of 12-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards brought our attention to how insensitive we’ve been in this instance.
Having learned from this lesson, we would also like to announce that, from this point forward, we are adopting a Voting Guideline precluding any performer or film-maker under 18 years of age from being considered for our awards.
We have never intended to bury anyone’s career. It is why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, very much us included. Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad,’ we realize that we ourselves must also live up to it.”
The “Firestarter” remake was also nominated for worst remake/rip-off/sequel. The 43rd annual Golden Raspberry Awards will be held on March 11th in Los Angeles.
Source: The New York Post