NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Madonna has been banned from a national theater chain after using her phone during a movie premiere.
On Monday, the controversy set off a firestorm on Twitter.
She may be the “Queen of Pop,” but apparently even music royalty isn’t exempt from the rules when it comes to movie theater etiquette
Madonna is now banned from the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain after she was reportedly caught texting away during last week’s New York Film Festival premiere of “12 Years a Slave” on the Upper West Side.
When a person sitting next to her asked to stopped, she apparently refused, CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported Monday.
Tim League, the CEO of Alamo, blasted the singer on Twitter, writing: “Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies at Drafthouse.”
The Texas-based chain doesn’t own the theater where the premiere was held, but it is known for its strict no texting policy, airing a message warning against such activity before all of its movies.
When Madonna was asked to step outside of the theater she was reportedly very annoyed and said she was using her phone for business.
Thomas Farley, an etiquette expert known as ‘Mr. Manners,’ said Madonna should know better, but has a reputation for breaking the rules.
“Madonna is not exactly a paragon of good manners. We all know that but this for her is all new lows,” Farley said.
“Frankly, I wish more theaters would do this. They’re doing what every local moviegoer in America wishes their local theater would do,” Farley added.
While some on Twitter have come to Madonna’s defense, Alamo’s CEO tweeted, “She needs better manners is all.”
Madonna has yet to apologize.
CBS 2 placed calls to the singer’s public relations people on Monday, but did not hear back.
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