Madonna is going to remember The Alamo Drafthouse for a very long time.
Since the pop diva chose to text on her Blackberry throughout the first half of the New York Film Festival October 8 premiere of 12 Years a Slave, all manner of media hell has broken loose. Sparked by a Facebook post from film critic Charles Taylor about her rude Lincoln Center behavior.
We’ve confirmed with a rep for the Alamo chain that per CEO/founder Tim League’s tweet that she would be as a result banned from all Alamo locations unless she apologized (a joke that he is now standing more firmly behind), Madonna has not at press time contacted the theater chain. As far as the ensuing, exploding media coverage of The Blackberry Girl’s Lincoln Center transgressions, one of our favorites items is Toby Young’s op-ed in London’s Telegraph:
I’m so hysterical about it [objecting to people being anti-social in movie theaters] – so shouty and aggressive – that my wife refuses to go to the cinema with me. She would far rather turn a blind eye to the disturbance than endure the torture of sitting next to me when I explode with indignant rage because the person two rows in front is eating their popcorn too loudly.
Madonna’s behavior is the latest lightning rod for discussion of a movie theater phenomenon that has grown completely out of hand. Kudos to the Alamo folks for being among the strictest when it comes to enforcing against this tiresome, ruinous behavior.
Editor’s Note (5:30 p.m.):
An earlier version of this item was worded in a way that incorrectly suggested the 12 Years a Slave screening took place at The Alamo Drafthouse’s Central Park Ave. location. FishbowlNY apologizes for the error.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Blogger’s 911 Call Blows Up Toronto Film Festival