'Hating Breitbart' Filmmakers Accuse Liberal Activist From Film of Causing an in-Theater Disturbance (Video)
Moviegoers in Arlington, Va., who attended a Friday night showing of Hating Breitbart saw not only a documentary about conservative rabble rouser Andrew Breitbart but also witnessed one of the people appearing in the movie create a disturbance in the theater -- leading to his removal.
Ryan Clayton, a liberal activist who has contributed to the Huffington Post and has been a guest on Media Matters Radio as well as on the Fox News Channel, is seen in a couple of scenes in Hating Breitbart, and he’s seen in the trailer for the movie, embedded below, shouting repeatedly at Breitbart, “Yes or no?” On Friday, he was at the Regal Ballston Common Stadium 12 just outside the nation’s capital during a showing of Hating Breitbart and allegedly shouting at the screen.
Theater employees removed him once, according to filmmaker Andrew Marcus, but they allowed him to return, at which point he began “laughing loudly at inappropriate spots during the movie trying to draw attention to himself and annoy the audience.”
“The irony is,” said Marcus, “is that he is in the film demanding civility in discourse, and he proceeded to behave in a textbook uncivil manner in the theater.”
Clayton told The Hollywood Reporter he attended the movie with a friend and theater employees took him into a theater hallway to inform him that other moviegoers -- one of whom he said works for a conservative media outlet -- were complaining that he was too loud, so he refrained from talking when he was allowed to re-enter the theater.
“Me and a friend went to the Hating Breitbart premiere in Washington, D.C., and enjoyed ourselves immensely,” Clayton said. “I was laughing at parts that the right-wingers who are fans of Andrew Breitbart didn’t think were funny.”
Afterward, Clayton interviewed people as they left the auditorium, and a theater employee asked him to leave. Clayton later posted to YouTube a video of the encounter (also embedded below).
Clayton’s primary question to moviegoers was whether they were aware of Breitbart’s final tweet prior to his death seven months ago. He informed them that it was: “I apologize,” and he asked them what they think Breitbart needed to apologize for. In fact, Breitbart’s last tweet in it’s entirety was an apology to someone he was rude to. “I called you a putz cause I thought you were being intentionally disingenuous. If not I apologize,” reads the tweet.
Clayton said right-wing bloggers are exaggerating the incident, even alleging that he was “frog-marched" out of the theater by security.
“The definition of being frog-marched is grabbing someone under the arms and carrying them out,” he said. "I bet $1,000 that no one has video of me being frog-marched out of the theater."
He added: “It goes to show you they aren’t interested in facts, just false facts to justify whatever narrative they are pushing, and the person who taught them that lesson the best was Andrew Breitbart. In many ways, we’re better off now, and good riddance to Andrew Breitbart.”
Nevertheless, Hating Breitbart opened well for a political documentary, earning more than $10,000 per screen in four markets. Marcus said Rocky Mountain Pictures will extend the release to more battleground states – where President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney are running neck-and-neck -- beginning Nov. 2 to take advantage of the political climate surrounding the Nov. 6 presidential election.
Randy Slaughter, president of Rocky Mountain Pictures, says he is adopting the same slow release pattern that was used for 2016: Obama's America, which his company also released and has earned $33.4 million domestically.