Madonna Banned After Texting Through ‘12 Years A Slave’

Alamo Drafthouse says singer no longer welcome after she finds BlackBerry more intriguing than movie premiere

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Remo Casilli / Reuters

Either 12 Years A Slave wasn’t captivating enough, or the antitexting warning wasn’t effective enough, but nothing seemed able to keep Madonna from using her BlackBerry through the New York Film Festival premiere of the much anticipated movie. When a fellow audience member asked the singer to stop texting, Madonna reportedly replied: “It’s for business…enslaver!”

Following up on their notoriously strict policies against antisocial film-goers, the cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse has now banned Madonna from all its premises. CEO Tim League told Entertainment Weekly that he initially meant his tweeted ban as an “offhand joke,” but said that the company intended to stick to its guns.

[Guardian]

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SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

She can't stand to watch any movie she's not in. Unlike most people, who can't stand to watch any movie she's in. Stay classy, Madonna.

villandra24
villandra24


Let's see - Madonna was not even IN an Alamo Drafthouse theater, which as far as I know are only located in Austin, Texas; she was in some other theater in New York City.

How is this even the business of the owner of a chain of theaters in Austin, Texas?    I live in Austin, Texas, which so far as I know has all of the exiting Alamo Drafthouse theaters.   How dare he even assume Madonna would want to come to Austin.  I can't imagine what would draw her here, especially given the way people here seem to be treating her.

 Madonna had better NOT apologize for texting, because she didn't do anything wrong.  She is massively owed quite a few apologies, from the person who complained, from  the management of that theater, and from the owner of the Alamo Drafthouse theaters.    

As far as I'm concerned, she was bullied.   There is nothing wrong with texting in a movie theater; texting does not make noise, make smoke, nor get between other movie goers and the movie screen - unlike those waiters the Alamo Drafthouse Theaters are full of, constantly running around taking orders for large dinners and alcoholic drinks for people to consume while watching the movie, in addition to peering around intently for any fellow theater patron who might be texting.   Nothing like actually watching the movie.   NOTHING blows a good movie experience for me, like having to worry about hoity-toity theater employees bullying the patrons, and what's more, I usually stand up for people I see being bullied.  So I won't be going there either; not even if it should both show "12 Years a Slave" and prove to be the only local theater to do so.   It would be so sad to have to wait for it to come out in DVD.   What is more, I don't want to hear anything more about the advanced moral sensibilities of the patrons of Alamo Drafthouse Theaters.   

Wait - did I just see where the Alamo is specifically hostile to  antisocial behavior at movie theaters?   Well, to that, I can only say that they're right.   People had better stop antisocially texting their friends during the movie, and socially TALK TO EACH OTHER instead.  

Realworldnonfantasyland
Realworldnonfantasyland

What a Crazy society we live in.  What kind of monster texts.  This is very very very very very newsworthy info.  I'm excited to tell everybody I know that of all people Madonna is like me and she texts

Openminded1
Openminded1

At her age braces really, she took all these years to make up her mind to get braces grow up M you are old.

valerieh
valerieh

I see she now has braces finally.  Didn't anyone tell her about the plastic kind?  Now she looks like the juvenile that she behaves like.

PearlDuncan
PearlDuncan

I was at the preview of the movie.I saw Madonna, the cast, the director, and other stars who are not in the film.Of course, some of the celebrities in black tie, red carpet style, were late, and the usher announced to those of us waiting on line that celebrities do not wear a watch, and that is why they were late.The cast and director were not late; they arrived on time, and the director, Steve McQueen, was very gracious:he shook hands with each person on line and thanked us for coming.If Madonna’s antics were a ploy, at least it’s gotten many to talk about this fantastic movie.

Amazing that Madonna is getting so much publicity in the gossip tabloids for texting during the movie, “12 Years a Slave,” where there were lots of other celebrities and the cast and director of the movie.I attended the preview of the movie, where I saw Madonna and the others; I had no idea about this commotion.My comments about the film appear in earlier posts last week on my Facebook, and my review of the movie and the book that inspired the movie will be published by an online magazine this week.

Sunday’s New York Times has an interesting panel discussion about the movie that highlights themes and topics much more interesting than whether Madonna was texting during the movie and how she called another moviegoer a name.It’s a nice laugh leading up to the opening of this award-winning movie with outstanding performances and brilliant directing.

AaronDarc
AaronDarc

So it's now come out that the whole thing was a joke. But hey you got some google clicks.

Remember when Time had some prestige?

paige.o.work
paige.o.work

@villandra24 There are 14 Alamo Drafthouse locations across the country. 2 are within an hour of me in West Virginia, one in Winchester, VA and one in Ashburn, VA. Part of the Festival was screening in Yonkers, NY, where there IS an Alamo Drafthouse. So yes it was there business because she was in an ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE, and they DO have an extremely strict NO TEXTING policy. It says on your tickets no texting, all over the lobby, on screen multiple times, on the walls of the theater. It says ONE warning will be given before you are asked to leave if the behavior continues. So yes, Alamo Drafthouse is perfectly within their rights to ban her from ALL of their locations. 

RunningWriting
RunningWriting

@villandra24 

I don't know whether the theater name is accurate or not. But yes, texting during a movie DOES bother other people! The backlit screen of a phone is bright, especially in a darkened theater. If the person texting happens to be sitting in front of me or next to me, I can certainly see the phone. The light glares in my face when I'm trying to watch a movie.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@Realworldnonfantasyland So, you're one of those egocentric, inconsiderate buttheads who texts in movies, disrupting everyone behind you with your cell phone because Madonna is like you and doesn't give a damn about anyone other than herself?

Thanks for the update.

UberWeisen
UberWeisen

@Openminded1 YOU IDIOT. You don't even have a pic yourself so who are you to talk while you hide behind your stupid computer. Yeah, it's called a GRILL you twit. What are you? High? Drunk? Or just stupid? Probably all. You're not open minded at all so change that name while you're at it...

aggiekat
aggiekat

@AaronDarc  Actually, it wasn't a joke.  The tweet was initially meant as a joke, but Alamo has said that she IS banned.  The theater has a VERY strong no texting no talking policy.  Moviegoers are warned up front, and I have witnessed them throwing out misbehaving patrons.  It's actually quite nice.  
Here's one of their PSAs from the theater in Austin...a girl was probably drunk and texting, and she was thrown out.  She called back and left a hilarious potty-mouthed message, that they turned into the PSA.  If you're easily offended by language, you may not like it.  But the theater sets expectations up front, and inconsiderate patrons are not tolerated! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs

epictresses
epictresses

@DeweySayenoff @Realworldnonfantasyland  You missed her point. There's worse things than texting in a movie, such as talking,or blocking someones view of the screen, etc...they don't seem to worry about those things. and I wonder if anyone would have noticed or cared if it wasn't Madonna or an equally famous person.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@UberWeisen @Openminded1 never been drunk in my life ,what is a Uberweisen? some teenage code for morons.  I assume you have a grill too and you think its cool. you maybe a teenage punk madona is almost 60. Time to act her age. You both need to grow up .

Openminded1
Openminded1

@SukeMadiq @Openminded1 I do not care what you call it moron, she is to old and to white to have a.grill. But I understand why you might like it just by looking at your dumb ass picture. I many times you been arrested ass wipe? Couple of years in prison maybe, or are you just a wannabe skin head.

aggiekat
aggiekat

Alamo is a great place to watch a movie...you don't have to watch 45 minutes of real estate agent and dentist ads and annoying content before the movie.  Screaming kids aren't even allowed in the theater.  There are special showings in the middle of the day where they turn up the lights and turn down the volume for younger kids.  Special events with free outdoor showings for the kids.  I admire this chain...they do stick to their guns, though!

Openminded1
Openminded1

@JohnMichaelGilday @SukeMadiq @Openminded1 hey stupid did you read my post, I said the same thing , you drunk, high or just stupid? black entertainers are the ones mainly with a grill moron. whites do not get grills . it is a well known black thing.