February 2, 2023

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Razzies apologize for nominating child actors, introduce age limit

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The Razzie Awards introduced an age limit for nominations after 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong (pictured above) was nominated for Worst Actress.

In a statement, Razzies founder John Wilson apologized and confirmed that Armstrong’s name had been removed from the ballot. He also said that the Under-18s would not be eligible to be nominated for the award going forward.

The Razzies — which celebrate the year’s “worst” performances and films — drew criticism after Armstrong was nominated for his performance in “Firestarter.” The film, which also stars Zac Efron, carries the logline: “A young girl tries to understand how she mysteriously gained the power to set things on fire with her mind.” Efron wasn’t nominated, though the film itself earned a nod for Worst Remake/Rip-Off/Sequel.

Among those criticizing the decision to nominate Armstrong was former child actor Devon Sawa, who reportedly tweeted: “Razis are run by soulless people. Nominating a 12 year old? F**k them. If you don’t keep them in mind, that kid can turn out to be amazing.” (Sawa has since deleted her tweet, it seems.)

And fellow child actor Julian Hilliard, who has appeared in “Wandavision” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” also gave his support to Armstrong, writing: “Regira is already vain and classless, but nominating a kid is just disgusting and wrong. . Why put a child at risk of increased bullying or worse? Better.”

In a statement, Wilson called the criticism “legitimate” and said Armstrong’s name had been removed from the ballot. He added: “We also believe that a public apology is owed to Ms Armstrong, and would like to say that we are sorry for any hurt she may have suffered as a result of our choice.”

Read the full statement below:

Sometimes, you do something without thinking, then you get called out for it. Then you get it. This is why Reg was created in the first place.

Recent legitimate criticism of choosing 11-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards has brought to our attention just how sensitive we were in this instance. As a result, we have removed Armstrong’s name from the final ballot that our members will vote on next month. We also believe that Ms Armstrong owes a public apology, and want to say we are sorry for any hurt she may have suffered as a result of our choice.

Having learned from this lesson, we would also like to announce that, at this time, we are adopting a voting guideline so that no actor or filmmaker under the age of 18 is considered for our awards.

We never wanted to bury anyone’s career. That’s why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, ourselves included.

Since our motto is “Own Your Bad,” we understand that we must live up to it ourselves.

Sincerely,
John Wilson, The Reggie Awards

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