A well-known film critic was expelled from the New York Film Critics Circle in the wake of an alleged heckling incident that took place at the group’s annual awards ceremony. TheWrap.com reports that contrarian critic Armond White was expelled from the group after taking heat over allegedly heckling "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen.
"The group also suspended New York Post chief film critic Lou Lumenick for one year for tweeting voting results and runners-up from their voting process — something the Los Angeles Film Critics do as a matter of course, but the NYFCC keeps close to the vest," the story notes.
The report adds: "White, a writer for CityArts who is best known for hating what other critics love and loving what they hate, got into hot water after last Monday night’s awards ceremony in New York, where he reportedly shouted at McQueen as he accepted his best-director award for ’12 Years a Slave.’
"A Variety reporter seated near White reported that the critic yelled, ‘You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage man! F–k you! Kiss my ass.’ White had ripped the film in his review, comparing it to ‘torture-porn’ films like ‘Hostel’ and ‘The Human Centipede.’”
After the incident the NYFCC reportedly apologized to McQueen and Fox Searchlight, saying it would take disciplinary action.
"White later blasted ‘the misreporting and the repetition of lies,’ but declined to answer when asked whether he’d yelled at McQueen," TheWrap reports, quoting White saying: “It was talk among my tablemates. The Variety and Wire lines are outright misquotes and lies. You might want to ask why the gutter bloggers continue to misquote and distort the event and NYFCC history.”
TheWrap adds: "White had been a disruptive presence at NYFCC’s awards ceremonies before: He reportedly yelled ‘f— you!’ at presenter Michael Moore the year before, and was hostile toward winners when he hosted in 2011 — when he was NYFCC chair, a position he’d held three times."