The singer was on her BlackBerry throughout and when another member of the audience asked her to stop she snapped back that it was for “business” and called him an “enslaver”. I’m a complete Victor Meldrew when it comes to any anti-social behaviour in cinemas. I won’t tolerate talking, let alone texting. Indeed, I will scream at someone for checking their emails on their Blackberry if it happens in my eye line. I’m so hysterical about it so shouty and aggressive that my wife refuses to go to the cinema with me. She would far rather turn a blind eye to the disturbance than endure the torture of sitting next to me when I explode with indignant rage because the person two rows in front is eating their popcorn too loudly. One of the reasons Caroline finds it embarrassing is because cinema etiquette when it comes to this sort of thing particularly mobile phones is still evolving. Everyone accepts that texting at the theatre would be unacceptable and she probably wouldn’t be that embarrassed if I shouted at someone for doing it at the National. But in a movie theatre some people think it’s okay, particularly if it’s business-related. That appears to be Madonna’s attitude. Nevertheless, precisely because the rules aren’t set in stone, I think it’s essential to have a zero tolerance policy towards any such behaviour. We need to establish beyond doubt that any use of mobile phones in cinemas when the main feature is playing is completely unacceptable. If I had my way they’d be ejected immediately, ideally with a hard kick in the pants to see them on their way.
You can be the reigning queen of pop and highest-earning celebrity of 2013 , but that doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself in trouble for antisocial behavior. Yes, that’s right, Madonna has been banned from a U.S. cinema chain, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, for texting during a movie! We have all seen the adverts warning us to turn off our cellphones before the start of a film, but the “Like a Prayer” singer clearly didn’t get the memo and was caught constantly texting at the premiere of Steve McQueen’s drama 12 Years A Slave at the New York Film Festival. While Madge most probably had some important information she had to text about, the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, Tim League, was not impressed. The company enforces a very strict no-talking and anti-texting policy for its theaters and the “Music” singer’s behavior sparked a response by League, who wrote a tweet on Friday, stating that unless the 55-year-old hit-maker apologizes to fellow audience members, she would not be able to watch a film at the Texas-based chain again. “Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies @drafthouse,” League said. League later revealed to Entertainment Weekly that his initial tweet was to serve as a warning to patrons who want to text during a film and was “more of a means to get the issue out there, that it is rude to text during movies.” Adding, “But now that it seems to have taken hold, sure, I’m going to enforce it.” A witness to the events was film critic Charles Taylor, whose accounts of the event were posted on Indiewire.com. Taylor wrote: “… a mysterious blonde in black lace gloves who wouldn’t stop texting on her BlackBerry throughout the first half of the movie.” “Eventually, a woman next to me tapped her on the shoulder and told her to put her phone away and the blonde hissed back, ‘It’s for business enslaver!'” We don’t expect we’ll see a public apology from the Material Girl any time soon and it’s not the first time she has found herself in hot water , but we’re sure there are plenty more cinemas that will welcome her patronage with open arms. However, what do you think about the situation? Should Madonna be punished for texting in a movie? Photo credit: WENN.com