Madonna Banned From Alamo Drafthouse After Texting During ’12 Years A Slave’ NYFF Premiere

Madonna Banned From Alamo Drafthouse After Texting During '12 Years A Slave' NYFF Premiere

Always the one to court controversy and attention wherever she goes, Madonna could not help but express herself during the New York Film Festival premiere of “12 Years A Slave” earlier this week. Fresh off releasing her short film “secretprojectrevolution” and spearheading a global initiative to protect freedom of expression, she was spotted at the screening of Steve McQueen’s slavery drama exhibiting less-than-stellar moviegoing etiquette. 

The news originated from this Facebook post by film critic Charles Taylor, who passed along the following anecdote from a former student:

Tonight at the New York Film Festival premiere of ’12 Years A Slave’ (a masterpiece, by the way), I sat behind the unholy trifecta of Jason Ritter, J. Alexander from ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ and Michael K. Williams from ‘The Wire.’ Plus, a mysterious blonde in black lace gloves who wouldn’t stop texting on her Blackberry throughout the first half of the movie. Eventually, a woman next to me tapped her on the shoulder and told her to put her phone away, and the blonde hissed back, ‘It’s for business… ENSLAVER!’ I turned to the shoulder tapper and loudly said, ‘THANKS!’ and gave her a thumbs up. The rest of the movie, I kept thinking about how I wanted to tell the blonde what a disgrace she was. During the standing ovation, the blonde ducked out and Jason Ritter turned around to make commiserating eye contact, as J. Alexander asked, ‘Who WAS that?!’ Jason then looked down at the floor. His eyes got wide, and he picked up an envelope and showed it to us and J. And it said: ‘2 screening tix MADONNA.’ And sure enough, we looked to the side of the theater and standing against the wall in black lace gloves was Madonna. The worst person in America.

The issue of texting during movies has been a sore point among moviegoers for some time now. No one knows this better than Tim League, founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the Austin-based theater chain that kicked out a patron for texting during a movie and went on to produce several amusing advertisements with celebrities urging moviegoers to refrain from using their mobile devices when the lights are down. 

Upon hearing of Madonna’s violation, League took to Twitter, barring her from stepping foot inside any of the Drafthouse cinema locations until she issues an apology to moviegoers. 

Madonna has yet to respond, perhaps because she has too many business-related texts to catch up on.

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Comments

Observer

This story sounds made up to me – Madonna had already attended the premiere of 12 Years a Slave at the Lincoln Center a couple of nights before, as the special guest of the director Steve McQueen. Why would she want to go and see it again so soon afterwards, and at the Alamo in Yonkers?

jackie raynal

Great article by Clint! So articulated !boooooooooouuuuuuuuu the one that donot feel a movie house is like to be in a magic place , a church, or a temple and have no respect for the "others".!

Mewesley

Insult to injury, her alleged response: "It's for business–enslaver!" It seems that if something is "for business" it is expedient and trumps (no pun…) every other sensibility. I remember sitting in a very stylish cocktail lounge, at the bar, trying to decompress after work with a good (and expensive) martini. Two suits stood back to back talking loudly on their cell phones. After they were done, I smiled and asked if they could take calls outside the door (a few steps away). You'd think I had asked that they give away their first born sons. "It's for business! It's important!" one growled at me. No…it's naked self interest.

Lindyk

It's bad enough under any circumstances, but as a film director herself, you would think she would have enough respect for the craft to treat other directors as she would wish to be treated. The self-absorption is unbelievable.

madonna's music kills ears

I guess they weren't screening this at her retirement home. Either way, she's an attention whore who finally got her comeuppance

CHARLES TAYLOR dumb cu**

the worst person in America ?

not george zimmerman

not the child rapist castro

SoCalGuy72

Bitches please!!! Madonna does not have time to step into some low class piece of crap Alamo theater location. She is a living legend. What is happening here is yet another case of people trying to have 5 minutes of fame off of her DESERVED fame. Get a life!! So she texted during a movie. You were annoyed. MOVE ON. GET…A…LIFE.

neil

They did the right thing. It wasn't one text, she was doing it for a long period of time. I can assure you if someone was doing that at one of her premieres, she would have had them thrown out. People that are there to see a movie slavery are not there to hear someone texting away. It is rude. If you have to text while watching a movie, then wait until it comes out on video and do it at home.

Tommie

Madonna is amazing, her revolution of love is changing the world. Who cares about a text.

Get some perspective IT'S A FRIGGIN TEXT!!

Jeff Ibitz

MADONNA ROCKS ^ 5 PISS ON YOU CRITICAL IMBECILES! :D

Dana

Oh dear god this is just another Madonna bashing. Everyone does crap like this WHO CARES??

Serious American

I agree. Madonna is a nuisance. But if you want to stay in the same light, the worst person in America is not Madonna, but a couple named " Barack & Michelle Obama ". They alone are doing More Harm than any episode of " American Greed " tv show has shown.

MJLawe

How insulting to Steve McQueen. She was photographed with him before the film and she went on to text during the movie? Nice. Get an attention span and stop making people have to put up with your lack of one in the mean time.

David

Alamo Drafthouse, the place where food and drink servers come and go constantly while you're trying to watch a movie. Because that is not at all distracting. Well done, Tim League, your virtue is preserving the purity of the uninterrupted movie viewing experience.

Dennis Harvey

For those protesting that she was just "quietly texting"–well, noise isn't always the issue in terms of disruptive theater behavior. The issue here is having an annoying little screen light in the corner of your vision while you're trying to pay attention to the movie. That always drives me nuts. It's ridiculous that she'd disrespect the filmmakers (being one herself, more or less) by publicly paying scant attention to their work at a high-profile premiere. If you're going to conduct "business," at least have the manners to do it in the lobby. As for her "enslaver" comment…uh, yes, I'm sure her suffering at being told to stop texting was tantamount to that of the slaves in the film. How cluelessly self-important can you get?

dan

You probably should have confirmed that was actually Madonna before you went posting some libelous slander about her. Just a thought.

XOXO1

I bet if someone at the front row of Madonna's show was texting, she would throw a hissyfit tantrum.

Shes a washed up old diva. Miley Cyrus filled her spot anyway.

xx

oh please… cpuld be something important.. M never does that…. she is an amazing woman… strong woman… inspiration

ChuckSands

Wait, I thought Alamo kicked people out for texting during movies in their theaters!! Booo!

Dangit

Whats wrong with Michael K Williams?

alenici

She should get cast in the Celebrity Jersey Shore, would be perfect for that.

TextandDie

I will throw down in a movie theater over texting. Test me. There are many, many like me. Maybe I'm sitting next to YOU.

Weinberg

If you're not there to watch the film, give the ticket to someone who is. Texting during a film is like talking during a play. It's rude and obnoxious, regardless of how world-famous you are.

bruno schauwecker

Seriously? Get the F**k over it!

sean

Oh a sad, sad, cry for PR from Alamo Drafthouse.

First Amendment

Love Madonna for this. I don't see angry tirades about banning the folks who reportedly "bawled out loud" or laughed or stood up and cheered during showings of the film elsewhere. Nope. Why only outrage for quiet texting but its okay to have the whole theater bawling like loud babies? Because so we've heard…you're a great human if you adore 12yas and a rotten one if you are "meh." "Enslaver"…brilliant. Pointedly ironic words for people trying to "control" her during a movie about control/slavery….it would be great if we learned she was texting her human trafficking charity/ies (today and now slavery where live humans are suffering) during a movie dwelling on slavery of 150 years ago (where the slaves are long dead). Way to stick it to the PC censors Maddona! Is she going to get the "racist" label too?

nyrulez

I don't understand this obsession with texting and movies – either way. Seriously. I have not felt annoyed by texting from others so far, in common public theatres. Not even notice it. But I guess there are puritans/OCDers in everything. Be it religion or movies.

Soulman

Are people finally realizing after all these years that she is a waste of space and time? Totally talent-free, all she ever did was manipulate people into thinking she had something to offer, other than her monstrously ugly ego. Yuck. Good riddance, you old hag

PJ

Ok, it was pretty lame to be texting during a movie, but that hardly makes her the worst person in NORTH America (yes, North America, you uneducated, pseudo-intellectual Charles Taylor). Clearly you need to get bent.

Kat

The event wasnt even at an Alamo draft house ?
and this affects Madonna how ? This seems to be
an attempt by the owner of Alamo draft house to get
Publicity for his movie theater except arent they in Texas.
The man has already kicked out a person in his theater for texting
So he has prior history here

It's one thing if the screening took place at his theater
but it didn't

who else has never been to Alamo draft house
I haven't

DiverDave

Meh…. an article trying to gain fame off tripe gossip and defamation name dropping. Not Original

Rusty

Their "no talking" rule makes it impossible for the blind to use their theaters – I call it discriminatory – they won't even consider the SAP headphones They're never getting a dime from any of the blind people in MY community.

James

Oh, she's conducting business? Maybe she should go to the office instead of a movie theater.

John

What a misleading piece of shit. Stick this rag back next to the commode where it can do some good.

michael

One of the most pointlessly stupid articles ever. Someone is trolling for attention, and it's definitely not Madonna, who I'm sure has never heard of the Alamo drafthouse, and would never set foot in one regardless.

poop scile

pooop

Andrew

So she wasn't kicked out during the movie? Alamo Drafthouse FAIL!

Jon

Ummm, as for over 30 years and counting that you don't realize???? She's the QUEEN, she can do what she wants… simple.

wut

So, you're telling me that NOBODY recognised Madonna until they saw her ticket stubs, or whatever?

Seems unlikely. I'm not a Madonna fan, but if you have been alive for the last 25 years she is pretty recognisable.

Also watching a film in a cinema, whatever that film is, involves dealing with the general public and their many foibles. Dealing with coughing, people going to the toilet, people chewing loudly, farting, fidgeting, is ALL part and parcel with watching a film in a public setting surrounded by your fellow man. You can add texting to this (which compared to the above is pretty low on the annoyance scale)

If you don't like it stay at home in your sound-proof movie theatre and watch films all by yourself.

    Candy Smith

    So basically what you are saying is that an obnoxious bright distracting screen is nowhere near as annoying as these things

    Dealing with coughing, people going to the toilet, people chewing loudly, farting, fidgeting, is ALL part and parcel with watching a film in a public setting surrounded by your fellow man. You can add texting to this (which compared to the above is pretty low on the annoyance scale)

    First of all, ITS WAY WORST BECASE IT’S A BRIGHT SCREEN IN A DARK THEATER!!! IT SHOWS AND ITS DISTRACTING!! ALSO, coughing loudly can be controlled and fidgeting can be ignored and so can people chewing loudly but seriously an obnoxious bright screen isn’t as annoying as what you listed, you should be going to more theaters and at some point there will be people on their phone and at some point you will realize how annoying it is

    Candy Smith

    I didn’t finish!!! Its absolutely ridiculous for you to tell us to go home when THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT COME TO THE MOVIE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WATCHING THE MOVIE, BT INSTEAD THEY ARE PAYING WITH THEIR PHONES!! IF THEY WANT TO PLAY ON THEIR PHONES , THEN ITS STUPID TO GO TO A MOVIE, SPEND HOWEVER MUCH MONEY, AND THEN NOT WATCH THE MOVIE!! AND WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT BEING BOTHERED BY THE OBNOXIOUS LIGHT??, THEY SPENT MONEY TO WATCH THE MOVIE ON THE BIG SCREEN AND NOT SEE WHAT THE LATEST STUPID JUSTIN BEIEBR DID AGAIN ON YOUTUBE!!!

    IT MAKES ABSOLUTELYY NO SENSE FOR YOU TO BE TELLING THE VICTIMS TO GO HOME, WHEN THEY HAVENT DONE ANYTHING WONG!!! THE ONES THAT NEED TO GO HOME ARE THE IDIOTS USING THEIR PHONE! THEY NEED TO BE WATCHING THE MOVIE AND NOT SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE MOVIE ON FACEBOOK WHILE THE MOVIE IS PLAYING! IF SOMETHING REALLY COOL HAPPENS, WAIT TILL THE END, AND THE LIGHTS GO ON, THEN SHARE YOURE THOGHTS!! DONT BE RDE!!

    US BEING ANNOYED BY THOSE THAT BEING THOUGHTLESS ISNT WRONG!!! ITS CALLED BEING NORMAL!! IF THEY CANT BE OFF THEIR PHONES FOR 2 HOURS, THEN THEY NEED TO GO TSEE SOMEHONE TO HELP THEM, BECAUSE THAT IS absolutely RIDICULOU!!!!

    AND BY THE WAY, IF I REPEATED MYSELF, TOUGH, READ IT ANYWAYS, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE SUCH A RIDICULOUS COMMENT!!!
    I didn’t finish!!! Its absolutely ridiculous for you to tell us to go home when THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT COME TO THE MOVIE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WATCHING THE MOVIE, BT INSTEAD THEY ARE PAYING WITH THEIR PHONES!! IF THEY WANT TO PLAY ON THEIR PHONES , THEN ITS STUPID TO GO TO A MOVIE, SPEND HOWEVER MUCH MONEY, AND THEN NOT WATCH THE MOVIE!! AND WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT BEING BOTHERED BY THE OBNOXIOUS LIGHT??, THEY SPENT MONEY TO WATCH THE MOVIE ON THE BIG SCREEN AND NOT SEE WHAT THE LATEST STUPID JUSTIN BEIEBR DID AGAIN ON YOUTUBE!!!

    IT MAKES ABSOLUTELYY NO SENSE FOR YOU TO BE TELLING THE VICTIMS TO GO HOME, WHEN THEY HAVENT DONE ANYTHING WONG!!! THE ONES THAT NEED TO GO HOME ARE THE IDIOTS USING THEIR PHONE! THEY NEED TO BE WATCHING THE MOVIE AND NOT SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE MOVIE ON FACEBOOK WHILE THE MOVIE IS PLAYING! IF SOMETHING REALLY COOL HAPPENS, WAIT TILL THE END, AND THE LIGHTS GO ON, THEN SHARE YOURE THOGHTS!! DONT BE RDE!!

    US BEING ANNOYED BY THOSE THAT BEING THOUGHTLESS ISNT WRONG!!! ITS CALLED BEING NORMAL!! IF THEY CANT BE OFF THEIR PHONES FOR 2 HOURS, THEN THEY NEED TO GO TSEE SOMEHONE TO HELP THEM, BECAUSE THAT IS absolutely RIDICULOU!!!!

    AND BY THE WAY, IF I REPEATED MYSELF, TOUGH, READ IT ANYWAYS, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE SUCH A RIDICULOUS COMMENT!!!

johann

What a waste of an article. Holloway, you need to get a life.

Annette

Good article, kick out the texters (the light from the phone IS distracting & annoying). BTW, It should read "setting foot," NOT "stepping foot."

Jackie

Meanwhile nobody is brave enough to ban parents who bring screaming children to any movie over PG.

Jonny Gojonny

I want her to say sorry for using her phone in my movie theather or she can never come back. Chill out its not that big of a deal, half the time you don't even notice people doing it.

weetiger3

This is the type of behavior that keeps people home from the theater. The fact that it was Madonna, who fancies herself a filmmaker IS newsworthy. She was at a film festival for one thing. It's disrespectful anytime, but certainly in this instance, to the filmmakers. And frankly, you may call HIS behavior extreme, but it's this kind of shit that pushed Alex Billington over the edge and I still applaud him.

Harry Jones

We thrive off news like this, don't we? Fckin' love it!

Mott P

Both disappointing. Madonna and whoever decided to write this article.

Anon

Wow, who gives a shit.

gregmoreno

Suck it Alamo draft house…wannabe Austin shwag

Mike

God forbid someone texts at the movies. Not like she was causing a scene.

Mad one

"Madonna has yet to respond, perhaps because she has too many business-related texts to catch up on."

Hahah you turds…

Empireofthesun

Really the world person in America? Not that she's right but you're all a bunch of morons.

a hole

are you kidding me, who cares. what a superfluous sensational piece of crap article disguised as journalism.

DNA

Poor Madge. She tries so hard.

bubba booey

madonna. Has always been, and always will be, a self-important attention whore cunt.

Reuben DeVries

No, she isn't the worst person in America, that would be whoever is in charge of Westboro Baptist… Phelps guy… he is the worst… Madonna is just guilty of being inconsiderate and making crappy pop music, and making more money in a day then I will probably make in a life time.

D Rant

Geesh… what a cunt.

Stinkfistula

could have been worse…….the rude pig could have been masturbating……….imagine that smell

Rob

I think it's ironic for her to say "Enslaver" since it's obvious she's a slave to her blackberry…

Bobbo

It's "setting foot," not "stepping foot." I'm sure others are covering the Madonna As Self-Indulgent Bitch" matter.

Robby

The best thing about this story is her saying "…ENSLAVER!" – it makes me hope the story is true.

Steven

I can't stand it when people talk on their phones during a movie, texting however doesn't bother me because they're not talking on the phone.

brian g

My issue with this is that nobody can text in the Walter Reade. There is zero service. That place is a black hole for cell coverage and drains your battery. This screening was no exception, my phone died by the end of it.

Laura

the guy who wrote this is like, king douche. madonna founded/funds more than 25 charities that address issues like human trafficking. this guy was quiet during a movie about slavery. you are a self righteous dillhole.

M

What a crippled twat

Johnny C

I'm going to go to the next Madonna movie that comes out and text throughout the whole thing. Oh wait, no one puts her movies any more. Never mind.

Kevin Kunze

Madonna probably wouldn't keep her phone on if she saw this doc about cell phone radiation: http://youtu.be/XBVJ05u_o5I

Jack

And…so f-ing what!

Leave the woman alone. It's not like she is the first person ever to do such a thing! If you're going to call her out, then it's only fair calling out the rest of the people that do it. And that's A LOT of people.

People sure do love to hate on Madonna for no reason. I don't agree with calling/texting people when you go to the movies, but people do it.

It's Madonna. She can do what she wants. If she wanted to shut down the Alamo Drafthouse she could, she got a lot of money and power. I'm sorry but I just don't find this news worthy. And banning her is pathetic. Are they going to ban everyone who ever texts during a film. They're just using her name for publicity.

    Candy Smith

    Are u kidding me right now!?? she can shut down the theater because she’s a famous person? Seriously and we don’t care at all about all of the other people.

    Yeah of course if she can’t text, no else can text!! She isn’t a special person!! She’s just famous! She can text when she wants but no in a movie theater!! just because she’s famous doesn’t make it okay for her to interrupt and ruin other people’s time and so what if she has a lot of money, what’s your point!!
    There’s no reason for her to be on her phone and if she has to be on her phone BECAUSE ITS AN EMERGENCY, then she needs to act LIKE A NIORAL HMAN BEING and get up off her lazy butt and STEP OUTSIDE!! SERIOSULY ITS NOT THAT DIFFICUCT AND IF IT ISNT AN ERMEGCY AND SHE WERE TO COME UP WITH A PATHETIC EXCYSE LIKE, I DON’T WANT TO STEP OUTISDE ILL ISS THE MOBIE THE WHY IS SHE ON HER PHOINE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! DO WHATEVER YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO DO, BUT DO IT OUTSIDE! IT’S WHAT NORMAL DECENT PEOPLE DO!!! IT’S NOT A BAD THING TO BE RESFPECTFUL when she is in a movie! if she wants to be on her phone, she needs to get ot of the theater and do it outside, if she had done that in the first place, she wouldn’t of ever gotten kicked out. This really isn’t rocket science!! SHE ISN’T THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN THE WORLD AND SHE DOESN’T NEED TO BE TREATED 100 TIMES MORE IMPORTANT THAN OTHER PEOPLE!!! She gets more protection and security and whatever else, but she doesn’t get to ruin other people’s time! You are ridiculous to think that she can shut down the theater!! AND IT DEOSNT MATTER IF IT’S THE MOST FAOUS SINGER EVER THEY still are to ACT LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF HOW FAMOUS THEY ARE!!! ITS DOESN’T MATTR IF YOU’VE SOILD 10 MILLION ALBUMS, NO PERSON IM A MOVIE THETAER IS GOING TO CARE, WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO ENPY THE MOVIE!! EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT AND WHULE IT WODLNT BE UNBLEIEBABLE IF THE DIDN’T MIND, ITS STILL A FACT!!!
    YOU ARE THE MOST UNREAL AND SADDEST PERSON EVER AND I HOPE YOU READ THIS COMMENT AND REALIZE HOW ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS YOU’RE COMMENT WAS!! AND ALSO THAT YOU GET A LIFE AND PULL YOURE HEAD OUT OF YOURE BUTT AND STOP STICKING UP FOR FAMOUS PEOPLE WHEN THERE ARE BILLIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE THAT EXIST BESIDES THEM!!! HOPE YOU DECIDE TO SMARTEN UP!!!

Laila

Hey Alamo, maybe you should ban 99% of your viewers then. Treat everyone the same.

USHI

Dumb ass! She's Madonna!!!!
She can text when & where she is because she can! Calling her worst person in America!?!?!

    Candy Smith

    So what if she’s Madonna!! You know what else, she’s also a human being!! She can sing, so what? She still needs to act like a normal person and not act like she’s some special person just because she thinks that since she’s famous, that that means, she can do whatever she wants whenever she wants and act as if she is the only person that exists, well guess what she can’t do whatever she wants whenever she wants to do it, because there are other people that exist around her and they aren’t going to be able to tell if she is famous in the dark, all they care about is watching the movie and not being annoyed by an obnoxious light, and another thing, do you actually think that because she’s famous, that that doesn’t make her rude, because if so, that’s ridiculous!! She’s being rude and there’s no question about it or excuse for it! It’s a fact!!!! o are also ridiculous as well for our stupid comment!! “because she can” well guess what!!! The theater people can throw her out just because they can and they are allowed to, they can do what they feel is right for other people and the don’t have to care whether she is someone famous because to them , all they see is a rude and inconsiderate person who is oblivious to people around them , and the want their customers to be happy, so kicking her to and even banning her was the right move!! You are absolutely ridiculous!!

Darko

Really…is this news worthy?

Madonna…The worst person in America! Give me a break.

MDL

Like a virgin, texting for the very first time….

AL

WTF! Who cares! Quit overreacting over pc nonsense lol. BTW, all hearsay no less.

Jason P McNeely

Who gives a crap. This is not news or even good gossip.

Cher

What a bitch.

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