Razzies Pull ‘Cruel’ Bruce Willis Award Following Backlash

Razzies: A Bruce Willis award has been pulled after there was an uproar following his aphasia diagnosis.
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The Razzies has pulled a ‘cruel’ Bruce Willis award after there was an uproar following his aphasia diagnosis. 

The awards ceremony, which is held a day before the Oscars take place, reportedly created a category specifically for the Hollywood A-lister this year, titled ‘The Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie’.

After the 67-year-old’s diagnosis came out, many people took to social media and slammed the move.

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The Razzies has pulled a ‘cruel’ Bruce Willis award after there was an uproar following his aphasia diagnosis. Credit: Alamy

“[The] Razzies was so cruel to Bruce Willis and with the whole Chris Rock’s Jada joke & WS slapation situation,” one person tweeted. “That’s why you never know what people are going through and it’s better to just be a kind person and leave them alone. Let them do their thing and live their lives in peace.”

Another added: “That Bruce Willis news makes that whole Razzies situation look even more mean spirited and cruel.”

Pitching in, a third wrote: “Man, if the stories about Bruce Willis being in the early stages of dementia are true, the Razzies devoting an entire category to s****ing on him feels especially cruel.”

Following the backlash, the Razzies released a statement on Twitter that stated its organisers were ‘truly sorry’.

The tweet read: “The Razzies are truly sorry for #BruceWillis diagnosed condition. Perhaps this explains why he wanted to go out with a bang in 2021. Our best wishes to Bruce and family.

“To clarify, we heard about Willis’ diagnosis at the same time everyone else did… just this morning.”

Willis’ diagnosis was confirmed by his daughter, Rumer, who shared a statement from the actor’s family on Instagram.

In a lengthy post, she penned: “To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family, we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.

“As a result of this and with much consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.