[Marxism] The Politics of Film Criticism » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 10 07:12:02 MST 2014

Armond White, the past president of the New York Film Critics Circle, 
was charged with heckling Steve McQueen at their awards ceremony on 
January 5th. Just as McQueen was picking up an award from an adoring 
Harry Belafonte for his direction of “12 Years a Slave”, someone from 
White’s table yelled out “”You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage 
man. F— you. Kiss my ass.” Witnesses automatically assumed that White 
(an African-American) was the culprit because he despised the movie. 
However, he vehemently denied the charges.

Now heckling someone at a film industry awards ceremony is not the sort 
of thing that would generate much press attention, but in this instance 
coverage has encompassed the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, 
the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times as if McQueen had been 
assassinated rather than heckled. One wonders if Judd Apatow was up 
there being awarded for directing a comedy starring Seth Rogen as a porn 
star afflicted with impotence and someone yelled out that Apatow was a 
big dick himself, would anybody care?

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/10/the-politics-of-film-criticism/

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