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New York Film Critics Expel Armond White

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 13, 2014 at 2:50PM

City Arts film critic and professional crank Armond White is no longer a member of the august New York Film Critics Circle, which voted Monday morning to expel him from their ranks. He came under fire after he heckled director Steve McQueen last week at the NYFCC annual awards dinner.
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Armond White
Armond White

City Arts film critic and professional crank Armond White is no longer a member of the august New York Film Critics Circle, which voted Monday morning to expel him from their ranks. He came under fire after he heckled director Steve McQueen last week at the NYFCC annual awards dinner. He was reported by attendees to have loudly called McQueen an “embarrassing doorman and garbageman,” as well as saying, “F— you, kiss my ass!” In his review White had called "12 Years a Slave" "torture porn." The NYFCC apologized to McQueen and Fox Searchlight. 

Clearly, White was an embarrassment to the group. He had also been rude to award winners like Tony Kushner at past events. He can continue to voice his opinions and anger in his reviews, but at a social event like an awards show, clearly his continuing belligerence could not be tolerated. 

This article is related to: Critics Groups, New York Film Critics Circle, Critics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.