If Madonna feels like catching a flick, the Material Girl needs to steer clear of an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The owner of the Texas-based movie theater chain has banned the entertainer from its theaters after she was caught texting incessantly during the premier of the Steve McQueen drama “12 Years a Slave” in New York.
Although Madonna didn’t commit the faux pas at an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the chain’s founder, Tim League, says the Material Girl isn’t welcome in his company's theaters after reports of Madonna's texting during the film. The theaters are known for their strict no-texting policy.
While League later claimed that the tweet was a joke, he told Entertainment Weekly that the ban on Madonna stands.
“Yeah, I’m serious, but I don’t think it really affects her life that much,” he told EW, adding that he originally meant the tweet as a joke.
“But now that it seems to have taken hold, [so] sure, I’m going to enforce it,” League said.
Madonna attended the premiere of McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” last week at the New York Film Festival. The film, which has received rave reviews, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a freed slave who is kidnapped and forced to work on a New Orleans plantation in the 1800s. The film also features Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sarah Paulson.
After Madonna was caught texting by a movie-goer and told to stop the distracting behavior, she snapped back, “It’s for business … enslaver!” according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
Evidently Madonna was a fan of “12 Years a Slave.” The Material Girl was about to exit the premiere when she heard that a Q&A session with McQueen was about to start.
“I want to hear Steve speak,” Madonna said, according to the Page Six source.