Hollywood actor Armie Hammer has left Twitter after criticising Buzzfeed for an article that questioned whether his success is a result of being “a beautiful, pedigreed white man”.
The Call Me By Your Name actor hit out at the website after being scrutinised in an essay titled “Ten Long Years Of Trying To Make Armie Hammer Happen”.
“He’s gone on to star in failed Westerns, spy remakes, fantasies, and historical epics. His blockbusters flop; his prestige pictures fall flat. The Lone Ranger was one of Disney’s greatest summer bombs of all time. Plans to make The Man from U.N.C.L.E. into a sprawling franchise disappeared. His attempt to redirect his career with The Birth of a Nation faded from Oscar favorite to a blip on the awards season radar”, writer Anne Helen Petersen argued in the article.
“Yet he and his publicity team have never given up trying to Make Armie Hammer Happen. This year, they are spinning out a publicity campaign around his role in the likely Oscar contender Call Me by Your Name that attempts to retroactively reinterpret his choices, his failures, and his career.”
The article also seemingly took aim at his privileged upbringing, noting that his great-grandfather was a successful oil tycoon.
Last night, Hammer hit out at the article and deleted his Twitter account after describing it as “bitter af”.
“Your chronology is spot on but your perspective is bitter af”, Hammer wrote.
“Maybe I’m just a guy who loves his job and refuses to do anything but what he loves to do.”
Armie Hammer has spent the past two years of his life pushing black and gay filmmakers and stories. He's one of the good guys, BuzzFeed. What a dumb article.
— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) November 26, 2017
Defending Hammer, one Twitter user wrote: “That Armie Hammer piece from Buzzfeed and him leaving Twitter as a response is exactly why I think negative-minded film writing and pandering to woke culture are awful precedents.
“It’s just as much the writer’s fault as it is the editor’s for allowing mean-spiritedness to pass.”
Another said: “Armie Hammer has spent the past two years of his life pushing black and gay filmmakers and stories. He’s one of the good guys, BuzzFeed. What a dumb article.”
Others, meanwhile, defended Buzzfeed’s right to question Hammer’s successes.
– I'm going to say this on this Armie Hammer Buzzfeed article – for the folks going hard in the paint defending him, ask yourself if you champion PoC actors/actresses as much. If you don't, then kindly STFU. Debate your mama.
— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) November 28, 2017
“I’m going to say this on this Armie Hammer Buzzfeed article – for the folks going hard in the paint defending him, ask yourself if you champion PoC actors/actresses as much. If you don’t, then kindly STFU. Debate your mama”, one user affirmed.
BuzzFeed are yet to respond to Hammer’s criticism.