BAFTAs Face Backlash for Excluding Matthew Perry from Memoriam

BAFTA Faces Criticism for Omitting Iconic Actor in Tribute.

by Nouman Rasool
BAFTAs Face Backlash for Excluding Matthew Perry from Memoriam
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards are receiving flak for forgetting to mention Matthew Perry in their 'In Memoriam' section at the recent event, causing much upset and displeasure among his fans and peers in the industry.

The segment, solemnly capped off by "Ted Lasso" star Hannah Waddingham's haunting solo performance of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," aimed to pay tribute to members of the film world who died in the past year. However, Perry, a revered figure in both television and film, was conspicuously missing.

Matthew Perry, known best as Chandler Bing from "Friends," died of "acute effects of ketamine," according to his October 28 autopsy. A contributing factor had been pointed out in the report as "coronary artery disease and buprenorphine effects".

Perry, who died at 54, has been the creator of a class of shows popular with the African Americans and his loss has left a gap in the television world, considering his filmography even magnified by the absence from the BAFTA tribute.

BAFTA's Response Sparks Outrage

In response to the outcry, a BAFTA spokesperson assured Fox News Digital that Perry would feature at the next BAFTA Television Awards ceremony scheduled for May 2024. These, however, did little to pacify the discontent seething through the social media platforms.

Fans and viewers took to X, formerly Twitter, to express their discontent and shock over Perry not being mentioned in the very emotional segment. Criticism ran from saying that the omission was "bad form" to being rather upset over showing disrespect to Perry's memory.

One user quite touchingly said how Waddingham's great performance was obviously spoilt with the regrettable omission. Another expressed a hint of perceived disrespect as Perry was not thanked. He also has memorable roles in movies like "The Whole Nine Yards", "Fools Rush In", "17 Again", "The Ron Clark Story".

He had publicly discussed the battle with anxiety and depression in his 2022 memoir "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing" and had been undergoing ketamine infusion therapy for the same in the weeks leading up to his suicide.

In an autopsy done, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner didn't find any suspicious circumstances and reported no illegal drugs from his Pacific Palisades home. Original article source: BAFTAs criticized after Matthew Perry left out of in memoriam segment

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