As an actor as a child and Firestarter, Drew Barrymore took The Razzies’ recent controversy to heart and spoke on CBS.
The Razzies have been facing criticism over their “Worst Performance” nomination of 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong for her performance in the remake to Stephen King’s Firestarter story.
The Razzies have been under fire for their “Worst Performance” nomination of Ryan Kiera Armstrong, a 12-year-old child actor who is not a seasoned thespian. However, with such a public forum, where the awards are more of a condemnation than praise, Drew Barrymore spoke out in support of the young actress. During an interview on CBS Mornings, the actress said, “I don’t like that.” It is bullying, she is younger. We want to be careful about what we say to and about people, as it encourages others to do the same. I’m glad to see people didn’t jump on the ‘let’s make fun of her’ wave and instead said, ‘This isn’t right.'”
Barrymore adds, “You got to have a sense of humor but when you’re talking about children all bets are off. I don’t like it.” She had also commented in The Independent, “Listen, I get poking fun at ourselves, I mean come on fair game bring it on, but Ryan is 12 years old and Razzie co-founder John Wilson has since apologized and removed her from the category and said they’re implementing a new rule precluding anyone 18 years or younger.”
John Wilson had apologized and instituted a new rule after the reaction, “Having learned from this lesson, we would also like to announce that, from this point forward, we are adopting a Voting Guideline precluding any performer or film-maker under 18 years of age from being considered for our awards.”
It’s debatable how much The Razzies are taken seriously when compared to The Oscars. They are a group that can make mistakes and face similar backlash to The Oscars. The Razzies tried to create a tongue-in cheek category mocking the films Bruce Willis had selected, despite them seemingly choosing easy checks over quality. When Willis’ aphasia news broke, they quickly redacted the category.