(Billboard Magazine, October 14 2013)
Movie theaters and festivals present all types of movies for customers to experience; even Madonna stops in to the Alamo Drafthouse to watch a “12 Years a Slave.” Madonna appeared at the show on Tuesday where she posed with the director, Steve McQueen, for pictures. Once the show started, many reported Madonna texting on her blackberry and distracting other paying customers. When another audience member quietly asked her to put her phone away until the movie was over, she yelled at the audience member claiming that she was using it for business purposes. After the incident, the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain banned Madonna from all of their theaters for a simple act of misconduct.
After the show, film critic Charles Taylor shared his side of the story to the press. He expressed his opinions on the production and recognized other celebrities who attended the show. He then explained what he saw of the audience members’ failed attempt to convince Madonna to put away her cell phone. The critic also claimed that she was very rude about the situation and even lashed back at the audience member calling her an “enslaver.” As rude as she was during the presentation, Charles says that during the standing ovation Jason Alexander found an envelope from Madonna containing two screening tickets. Charles then concludes his statement by calling Madonna the “worst person in America.”
The Alamo Drafthouse chain has a very strict no-talking and no-texting policy and intends to eject any and all patrons who choose to violate their policy. They wish to have all of their customers have a positive experience each time they come. Alamo Drafthouses’ CEO, Tim League, read the reports of Madonna’s disruptions during the show and sent out a tweet saying, “Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching moves @drafhouse.”