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    Madonna Blasted for Texting During 12 Years a Slave Premiere

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    Apparently, even Madonna isn't allowed to text at the movies.

    The music legend has been blasted for texting during the 12 Years a Slave premiere at the New York Film Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

    The news initially originated via a Facebook post by film critic Charles Taylor, who shared a story from a former student who attended the film's premiere:

    "Tonight at the New York Film Festival premiere of 12 Years A Slave (a masterpiece, by the way), [my friend] and I sat behind the unholy trifecta of Jason Ritter, J. Alexander from America's Next Top Model, and Michael K. Williams from The Wire. Plus, 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!' I turned to the shoulder tapper and loudly said, 'THANKS!' and gave her a thumbs up. The rest of the movie, I kept thinking about how I wanted to tell the blonde what a disgrace she was. During the standing ovation, the blonde ducked out and Jason Ritter turned around to make commiserating eye contact, as J. Alexander asked, 'Who WAS that?!' Jason then looked down at the floor. His eyes got wide, and he picked up an envelope and showed it to us and J. And it said: '2 screening tix MADONNA.' And sure enough, we looked to the side of the theater and standing against the wall in black lace gloves was Madonna. The worst person in America."

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    E! News has since confirmed that the 55-year-old star was indeed texting during the Brad Pitt-produced flick as well as calling the fellow moviegoer an "enslaver."

    And NYFF attendees aren't the only ones expressing their distaste. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema founder Tim League has taken to Twitter in the wake of the report, saying Madge has been banned from the theater.

    "Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies," League tweeted Friday morning.

    "Madonna, however entitled she feels she is, is unbearably rude to others around her by texting in a theater," he wrote in response to one tweeter who claimed his initial comment was "sexist."

    "She needs better manners is all," he posted.

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    The "Girl Gone Wild" singer was the surprise guest at the film's premiere, and despite being on her phone, the movie seemingly still had a profound impact on the superstar, as she was seen in tears after the premiere.

    "She was wiping away tears after the movie," a fellow festivalgoer says. "She said she loved the movie."

    Madonna didn't appear on the red carpet during the evening's celebrity arrivals, instead opting to take photos backstage with 12 Years director Steve McQueen. She later slipped inside the theater just before the movie began.

    Madonna's rep did not return requests for comment.

    The buzzed-about 12 Years a Slave hits text-free theaters on Oct. 18.

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