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Armond White is out. The freelance film writer has been expelled from the New York Film Critics after he made a jackass of himself last week at the annual dinner. White, who was drunk, became loud and obstreperous, yelling a bunch of nasty things at Harry Belafonte and then director Steve McQueen.

It’s an annual occurrence.

White always makes a scene, whether he’s speaking from the podium or sitting in his seat. I watched all this from my table with concern. White is like the crazy aunt who gets drunk at Christmas and starts yelling at her family. I don’t take it seriously. But this year he was particularly awful, especially since Belafonte had just given a beautiful speech. What can you do? He’s become too much of an embarrassment for the NYFCC.

It’s particularly sad because White is African American. He’s very smart. He represents diversity and a contrarian opinion. These things are always needed. But you can’t keep insulting the guests. They won’t come back! I wish he’d been suspended for one season, like Alex Rodriguez. But  no one asked me.

The group did suspend NY Post critic Lou Lumenick for one year. He revealed voting totals in his column.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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