City Arts film critic and professional crank Armond White is no longer a member of the august New York Film Critics Circle, which voted Monday morning to expel him from their ranks. He came under fire after he heckled director Steve McQueen last week at the NYFCC annual awards dinner. He was reported by attendees to have loudly called McQueen an “embarrassing doorman and garbageman,” as well as saying, “F— you, kiss my ass!” In his review White had called “12 Years a Slave” “torture porn.” The NYFCC apologized to McQueen and Fox Searchlight.
Clearly, White was an embarrassment to the group. He had also been rude to award winners like Tony Kushner at past events. He can continue to voice his opinions and anger in his reviews, but at a social event like an awards show, clearly his continuing belligerence could not be tolerated.