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.