Drew Barrymore isn’t standing for the Razzie Awards picking on a child actor.
While on CBS Mornings, the former child star (who was also the lead in the 1984 Firestarter movie) said she did not approve of the Razzies nominating a child among the “worst” performances of the year. The spoof awards show apologized for putting 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong on its list for her work in last year’s Firestarter remake and changed its guidelines to no longer nominate anyone under 18.
Last year, Barrymore, 47, had Armstrong on her daytime talk show, and when they hugged each other onstage, both got emotional as Barrymore told the young actress, “I watched the film and it’s so good. You’re so good in it. … You’re so amazing in it.”
Barrymore said this week, “I don’t like it. Because she is younger, and it is bullying. We do want to be cautious about how we speak to or about people because it encourages other people to join on that bandwagon. And I’m glad to see people didn’t jump on the ‘let’s make fun of her’ wave, instead said, ‘This isn’t right.’ “
Co-host Gayle King then asked Barrymore if she’s ever had a Razzie. Barrymore joked, “I must’ve! I should’ve. Has anyone seen Doppelganger? Oh, my God! My cameo in Waxwork 2 should’ve warranted one. However, the Razzies, you gotta have a sense of humor about yourself, but when you’re talking about children, all bets are off. I don’t like it.”
According to The Independent, Barrymore also addressed the situation on her talk show, saying it “makes my blood boil.” She added, “Listen, I get poking fun at ourselves, I mean come on, fair game, bring it on, but Ryan is 12 years old and Razzie co-founder John Wilson has since apologized and removed her from the category and said they’re implementing a new rule precluding anyone 18 years or younger.”
Source : People