The terrible truth about child stardom

The Razzies apologize, introduce age limits after nominating 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Worst Actress

Stars Insider

26/01/23 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Child stars

As social media brings us all closer to celebrities than ever before, many stars are choosing to keep their children out of the spotlight. Given what we're learning about the effects of growing up in the public eye, it certainly seems like the safest choice. Many of the child stars who came up through the likes of the Disney Channel and 'The Mickey Mouse Club' are now fully-fledged adults who are looking back at their experiences and sharing the dark truths about exploitation and abuse. Even those who weren't directly harmed by the adults around them still have their fair share of trauma to work through.

The 2023 Razzies have demonstrated just how little protection there is for young stars. The Golden Raspberry Awards, as they're formally called, are a satire of Hollywood award shows celebrating what they deem to be the worst in cinema, and this year they nominated 12-year-old actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong for Worst Actress for her performance in 'Firestarter.' Backlash naturally ensued, and the organization apologized, removed Armstrong from the nominees, and introduced an age limit. 

“Sometimes, you do things without thinking, Then you are called out for it. Then you get it. It’s why the Razzies were created in the first place,” Razzies co-founder John B. Wilson said in a statement on January 25, per CNN. “The recent valid criticism of the choice of 11 year old [sic] Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards brought our attention to how insensitive we’ve been in this instance. As a result, we have removed Armstrong’s name from the Final Ballot that our members will cast next month. We also believe a public apology is owed Ms. Armstrong, and wish to say we regret any hurt she experienced as a result of our choices.” In the future they will also only nominate those who are 18 or older. 

Child labor is prohibited around the world for good reason, but the entertainment industry has always been a controversial exception. Click through this gallery to read about what it's really like to be a child star.

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