Razzie Awards apologize after nominating 12-year-old actress
The Razzie Awards, which annually celebrate the worst films of the year, have made their mea culpa after nominating 12-year-old actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong in the worst actress category.
The Razzie Awards are backtracking. In a statement relayed by Variety, the founder of the ceremony John Wilson, yesterday Wednesday, issued a public apology to the young actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong, aged 12, after her nomination in the category worst actress for the film “Firestarter” . “We believe a public apology is due to Ms. Armstrong and would like to say that we regret any harm she has suffered as a result of our choices,” noted John Wilson. Widely criticized for this appointment, he said the girl’s name had been removed.
An age limit introduced
In the process, he announced that an age limit was henceforth required to be named among the candidates of the Razzie Awards. “Having learned from this lesson, we would also like to announce that effective immediately, we are adopting a voting guideline prohibiting any artist or filmmaker under the age of 18 from being considered for our awards,” John said. Wilson. And to clarify: “We never intended to bury the career of anyone. This is why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, ourselves included.
After the appointment of the young actress several voices were raised on the networks criticizing the insensitivity of this decision.