The Razzie Awards introduced an age limit on nominations after a backlash after 12-year-old Ryan Kyra 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 those under the age of 18 cannot be nominated for the awards.
The Razzies, which celebrate the year’s “worst” performances and films, have come under fire after Armstrong was nominated for his role in Firestarter. Starring Zac Efron, the film is captioned: “A young girl tries to figure out how she gained the power to mysteriously set things on fire with her mind.” Efron was not nominated, although the film itself was nominated for Worst Remake/Rip-off/Sequel.
Among those criticizing the decision to nominate Armstrong was former child actor Devon Sawa, who tweeted: “The Razzies are run by soulless people. Should a 12-year-old be nominated? These. If you don’t get in their head, this kid can grow up to be great.” (Sawa has since deleted his tweet.)
Child actor Julian Hilliard, who starred in “WandaVision” and “Doctor Strange’s Marvel,” also supported Armstrong: “The Razzies are already edgy and classless, but nominating a kid is just. disgusting and wrong. Why is child abuse at risk of escalation or worsening? To be better.”
In a statement, Wilson called the criticism “valid” and said Armstrong’s name had been removed from the ballot. He added: “We also owe Ms Armstrong a public apology and would like to say we are sorry for any harm she may have suffered as a result of our choices.”
Read the full statement below:
Sometimes you do it without thinking, Then you call for it. Then you will understand. That’s why the Razzies were created in the first place.
The recent well-deserved criticism of 11-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards has highlighted how sensitive we have been in this regard. As a result, we have removed Armstrong’s name from the final ballot that our members will cast next month. We also feel we owe Ms. Armstrong a public apology and would like to say that we are sorry for any harm she may have suffered as a result of our choices.
Learning from this lesson, we are also announcing that from now on we will be adopting Voting Guidelines that will prevent any performer or filmmaker under the age of 18 from being considered for our awards.
We never intended to bury anyone’s career. This is why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, including us.
Since our motto is “Own Your Evil,” we understand that we must live accordingly.
With respect to,
John Wilson, Razzie Awards