New Now Next reported on Oct. 14 that Madonna has been banned from the Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain over texting during a film. Madonna allegedly caused a scene during the premiere of “12 Years a Slave” at the New York Film Festival when other attendees asked the pop star to please stop texting during the important film. It is general policy at all US theatre chains that all customers are to refrain from texting during movies.
New Now Next’s report originated with a Facebook post by film critic Charles Taylor who said, “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.”
It is bad enough Madonna felt no need to respect a film she had been invited to the premiere of, but it is even worse for her to have been texting through a serious historical drama dealing with the plight of slaves like “12 Years a Slave.” Madonna then compounded her outrageousness by having the gall to equate people telling her not to text during a movie to slavers.
The Alamo Drafthouse issued a statement saying Madonna is now banned from their properties until she issues an apology to the filmmakers behind “12 Years a Slave” and the other patrons in attendance at the premiere.
Madonna has remained oddly silent about the incident.