2013 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

The director of 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen, was publicly ridiculed as he collected a gong at the New York Film Critics Circle awards on 6 January.

McQueen’s special moment was ruined when he got to up to receive the award for Best Director. Critic Armond White, an editor for New York’s City Arts, shouted from his table at the back of the room: “You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage man. Fuck you. Kiss my ass.”

We’re not sure how and why he referred to Steve McQueen as a doorman, I mean maybe it’s his height and frame, but a garbage man?! That’s just uncalled for.


The controversial critic had previously shared his views on the British director’s views and unsurprisingly he is not a fan. In a review last month, Armond White wrote:

McQueen has made the most unpleasant American movie since William Friedkin’s1973 The Exorcist. That’s right, 12 Years a Slave belongs to the torture porn genre with Hostel, The Human Centipede and the Saw franchise but it is being sold (and mistaken) as part of the recent spate of movies that pretend ‘a conversation about race.’

The only conversation this film inspires would contain howls of discomfort.

12 Years A Slave is released in UK cinemas on 10 January.