Armond White Kicked Out of New York Film Critics Circle

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The critic made headlines when he reportedly yelled profanities at the '12 Years a Slave' helmer

After drawing ire for heckling “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen at a recent awards show, CityArts film critic Armond White has been booted from the New York Film Critics Circle.

According to NYFCC member Owen Gleiberman, the group voted him out this morning after his behavior at the Jan. 5 New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Variety was the first to report that White yelled “You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage man,” and ““F—you. Kiss my ass,” when McQueen took the stage to accept his award for best director last week at the ceremony.

White went on to deny the allegations to such outlets as the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter but as EW’s Gleiberman writes, “I was sitting about 40 feet away from him, and though I couldn’t make out everything that was said, I can testify: Everyone at my table lurched around to see where the loud, jeering, disruptive comments were coming from. This unquestionably fit the definition of heckling. It was all meant to be heard by the room at large. When White later claimed that his comments were “sotto voce” (a musical term that literally means “soft voice”), he was either lying or lying to himself, or perhaps both.”

The Film Society of Lincoln Center even posted audio of the incident, which features someone yelling “doorman” and “f— you” as McQueen takes the stage.

White, former critic of the New York Press, had previously openly panned the critically acclaimed film, calling it “torture porn” in a review.

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  1. nelia says:

    That’s what an idiot man deserve, this Mr White can be a well profounc critic in the circle, but then his attitude is incredible. By kicking him out is good enough so that others can’t follow and learned to respect other’s right…Bravo!

  2. Tim says:

    White is an obnoxious drunk of dubious talent. His reviews are insufferable, self-reverential and meant only to draw attention to him, the critic.

    Those who can, do. Those who cannot, criticize.

  3. Just Confused says:


    When someone has to use profanity to express themselves they are not demonstrating “intelligence”. Your “hero” has serious self-destructive tendencies and is psychologically in trouble.

    At this point, THERAPY…..or even prayer, could be helpful.

  4. Emma says:

    Warning: Intelligence not wanted. Armond was too learned for them. Hope he starts his own group as this circle fades into obscurity.

  5. John Wildman says:

    Correction: The Film Society of Lincoln Center (not “Film Lincoln Society”)

  6. longduckdong says:

    The guy is an uppity idiot – too bad everyone’s fear of being labeled a racist allowed Armond to hate monger on. Good bye.

  7. screen writer Al Wilson says:

    I walked pout of the film 12 YEARS A SLAVE about 3 fourth’s through…it was the gratuitous torture scenes and brutality that overtook I felt the story and message.

    • sqeesh says:


      Uh, it was a film about SLAVERY—exactly what did you think it was going to be about—flowers and candy, and cute little kids singing “Sweet Chariot”? Give me a break. Half the people complaining about the brutality are probably the same people that watched all six of the SAW movies, so gimme a break. Read some real-life historical accounts of slavery from former slaves, because that IS what it was like, and even worst than the film shows. Also, you need to brush up on your grammar,too.

    • EJ says:

      You couldn’t tough out half an hour for the payoff of the conclusion? And you’re a writer? Weird.

  8. MtDubs says:

    Comments like “doorman” and “garbage man” can be construed as racist. This is far beyond heckling. Good on the Society for kicking this creep out!

  9. Glenn C. says:

    It’s a good thing at least it was a black man saying this to a black man. Or racism would be the main topic! For White to have done this was stupid and arrogant! Even though White is intelligent. McQueen deserved the award.

    • sqeesh says:

      For real—just because you don’t like someone’s film dosen’t give you right to insult them in public, and make yourself look like a damn fool doing it,either. That was an awards show, not a frat house or bar. If he hates the movie so bad, he needs to get up off his arrogant behind, and go write/direct/produce his own damn movie, to see how hard it is actually make a decent film. And then he can’t shut hell up after that!

  10. Michael Epps says:

    It’s about fucking time.

  11. Bob C. says:

    What took so long? The guy’s cray-cray and not a bit professional.

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