The Razzies apologize for nominating 12-year-old actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong

Actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong attends the Prime Videos screening "Perform Sweetheart Run" at Screamfest LA closing night at Ace Hotel on October 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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The Golden Raspberry Awards, better known as the raids, were forced to apologize for the second year in a row amid backlash over the nomination of 12-year-old actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong. The news follows the spoof awards Bruce Willis gave his own category in 2021, which were quickly removed after the 67-year-old’s aphasia diagnosis was later revealed.

Following this week’s Razzies announcements, which coincide annually with the Oscars to recognize the worst Hollywood has to offer, it didn’t take long for people to get excited about Armstrong’s Worst Actress for the 2022 remake of Stephen King fire starter.

On Wednesday, just two days after the nominations were announced, Razzie’s co-founder and UCLA film graduate John JB Wilson issued a statement acknowledging the outrage. He also offered Armstrong an apology and a solution to prevent accidents like this in the future via Deadline:

“Sometimes you do things without thinking, then you are called to do it. Then you get it. This is why the Razzies were created in the first place.

Recent legitimate criticism of the choice of 11-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards has drawn our attention to how insensitive we have been in the matter. Because of this, we removed Armstrong’s name from the final vote our members will cast next month. We also believe that Ms. Armstrong is owed a public apology and wish to say that we regret any injuries she has suffered as a result of our decisions.”

As a result of the so-called teaching moment, Wilson added that going forward, the Razzies would adopt a voting policy that would preclude artists or filmmakers under the age of 18 from being considered.

“We never intended to bury anyone’s career. That’s why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, including ourselves,” Wilson added. “Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad’, we know that we have to live up to it ourselves.”

The Razzies not only pulled the Willis category, which was originally sparked when people noticed the spate of straight-to-VOD films the actor has been making in recent years, but also expressed regret at the nomination of Willis Shelley Duvall out The glow last year.

“For me, it’s Shelley Duvall The glowsaid co-founder Maureen Murphy in a vulture Interview on the history of the awards when asked about missteps made over the years. “Knowing the backstory and the way Stanley Kubrick sort of pulverized it. I would take that back.”

While it’s admirable enough to admit mistakes, if the Razzies don’t go through a single awards season without an apology, might that be a sign it’s time to officially retire them? The Razzies apologize for nominating 12-year-old actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong

Lindsay Lowe

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