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New York Film Critics Expel Armond White

by Anne Thompson
January 13, 2014 2:50 PM
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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. 


  • ? The Crowd | January 21, 2014 7:58 PMReply

    LOL at liberal mobs with nothing to back up their claims.

    Armond White was a threat. He was gotten rid of. The end.

  • Old Fart | January 15, 2014 11:07 AMReply

    When I first heard about a critic heckling Steve McQueen, I thought it would sound like this:
    "You didn't do that motorcycle jump in THE GREAT ESCAPE! You didn't drive that car in BULLITT! Your stuntman did! You're a fake!"

  • Aria Williams | January 14, 2014 5:38 AMReply

    Good. And I say that as a black lady. Armand can express his views in his reviews (I won't be reading), but his behavior to McQueen shamed White beyond words.

    He is done in polite society.

  • jim emerson | January 13, 2014 5:44 PMReply

    Way past time. If you can't behave like a critic, you don't belong in an organization of and for professional critics. Drunkenly bellowing "F--k you!" doesn't qualify as film criticism and debases the very idea of it. (Although I have some major problems with the bland and glossy "12 Years a Slave," too -- as some real critics have observed, it's more of a PowerPoint presentation or an elementary school audio-visual aid than a movie.) The National Society of Film Critics might want to examine whether his (un-)professional behavior (including, but not limited to, his writing) qualifies him for membership in that organization.

  • David Ehrenstein | January 13, 2014 3:01 PMReply


  • Ginger | January 14, 2014 1:23 PM

    If you don't like the message of the film or what you saw, just say that. Coming up with this ridicules assertion that it was a school audio-visual aid into the world of whites abusing blacks for hundreds of years, is anger-provoking. Get over yourself. You are hardly a "real critic." More like a jerk in real denial.

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