October 14, 2013 05:03:56 GMT
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain CEO Tim League insists he will enforce the ban on the 'Like a Virgin' hitmaker after she reportedly blasted a fellow moviegoer who asked her to turn off her cell phone.
Madonna is banned from the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas after she allegedly texted during the screening of "12 Years a Slave" at the New York Film Festival on Tuesday night, October 8. Tim League, the founder and CEO of the Texas-based theater chain, tweeted on Friday, "Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies @drafthouse."
He said in another tweet, "Madonna, however entitled she feels she is, is unbearably rude to others around her by texting in a theater," in reply to a Twitter user who claimed League "is being a bit of sexist douche about this Madonna situation. Madonna isn't a teenybopper, she is a billion dollar business."
Asked if he meant what he said about the ban, League told EW, "Yeah, I'm serious, but I don't think it really affects her life that much." He added that his initial tweet was an "offhand joke, a spur of the moment 140 characters" and was "more of a means to get the issue out there, that it is rude to text during movies... But now that it seems to have taken hold, sure, I'm going to enforce it."
Madge has not responded neither to the ban nor to the accusation that she lashed out at a fellow moviegoer who reminded her about the "no texting" policy in the theater chain. An insider previously said when a woman "tapped" a blonde, who turned out to be Madonna, "on the shoulder and told her to put her phone away, and the blonde hissed back, 'It's for business... ENSLAVER!' "
Film critic Charles Taylor shared the story on his Facebook page.