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Her Madgesty attended the festival’s Tuesday screening of Fox Searchlight’s Oscar hopeful, posing for photos with director Steve McQueen.
During the film, though, she was reportedly texting and lashed out at a fellow audience member who tried to get her to stop.
According to several outlets, film critic Charles Taylor shared the following story from an audience member at Tuesday’s screening:
“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 Drafthouse chain has had a strict no-talking and no-texting policy and will eject patrons who violate it, so when founder and CEO Tim League read reports of Madonna’s behavior, he tweeted the following:
— Tim League (@timalamo) October 11, 2013
Later he indicated it was a joke, but he didn’t say that meant he wouldn’t enforce it.
@GinaLockhart it is really just a joke, but I like bringing the issue to the fore.
— Tim League (@timalamo) October 12, 2013
In fact, over the weekend, League sent a letter to theater managers instructing them not to let Madonna see a film at a Drafthouse theater until she apologizes for her actions and acknowledges that texting during a movie is rude and disrespectful to the filmmaker and audience.
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