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That Andrew Garfield / Batkid snub story was false

That Andrew Garfield / Batkid snub story was false
March 6, 2014 JEREMY FEIST

Andrew Garfield and Batkid

So remember how the internet (including myself) exploded over the story that Andrew Garfield ‘snubbed’ Batkid at this past Sunday’s Oscars? Well, turns out someone must have had a huge grudge against Spider-Man, because the story was apparently a lie, as E! Online reports that both a rep for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Batkid’s mother are denying any sort of snub.

“Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production,” the spokesperson tells E! News in a statement. “Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted, and he drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles Scott (Batkid) and his family.” Miles’ family traveled to L.A. for the Academy Awards; they were informed of the change Sunday. “I don’t know if they ran out of time, or if there was something about the segment they didn’t like,” Natalie Scott, Miles’ mother, told The International Business Times. “It got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on.” She added, “It is kind of a disappointment, but things happen. I know that’s how TV goes and how Hollywood is. We’re just not used to that.”

So first off: I fell for the story entirely. I apologize for that. I’m a gullible idiot sometimes. Now onto the matter at hand, which is that someone apparently had an axe to grind and decided to make up a story about Andrew snubbing a kid with cancer over some bad lines. Seriously, there are grudges, and then there’s trying to tank someone’s career by claiming that they hate little kids with cancer. That’s pretty f*cking heartless no matter how you cut it.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.