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‘12 Years a Slave’ Director Steve McQueen Heckled at New York Critics Circle Awards

We’re all for the critics and their opinions, but Monday night’s 79th Annual Awards sounds like it got downright disrespectful when CityArts editor Armond White  (pictured right) decided to heckle director Steve McQueen while he was accepting an award.

It started out as a beautiful moment as the legendary Harry Belafonte introduced McQueen and got ready to present him with the  best director award award, but as soon as the director took the stage, attendees say that White started shouting from his table at the back of the room:”You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage man,” he allegedly said, adding,  “F—you. Kiss my ass.” According to Variety the comments didn’t stop the show and McQueen either didn’t hear the comments or just didn’t acknowledge them — and continued his speech.

Now White has previously bashed the widely critically acclaimed film,  calling it “hate porn,” and has even reportedly heckled other notables on stage at awards show in the past. But while everyone’s entitled to their opinion about the work, he seriously tried the hell out of it if these reports are true.

But according to White, every reporter who was in the room was hearing things.  He responded to the reports: “The barrage of lies, misreporting, unsubstantiated sources and made-up quotes is dismaying.”

Ok… *side eye*

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