Andrew Garfield Didn't Bail on Batkid--He Took Him to Disneyland
Not even a 5-year-old boy with cancer could persuade egotistical actor Andrew Garfield to be a presenter at the Academy Awards.
That’s the story being spread today, courtesy of the New York Post’s Page Six, those bastions of journalism, that Andrew Garfield was supposed to join with Make-a-Wish at the Oscars to make Batkid an official superhero, but threw a diva hissy and bailed. That would be terrible and evil. It also makes no sense because Garfield is famously charitable, especially with causes related to children.
It probably makes no sense because it didn’t happen. The Academy issued a statement saying “NO BITCH” (not a direct quote). They cancelled the segment due to time (tragically deceased crew members and kids with cancer—things the Oscars had no time for. Remember that as you think back on the terrible Kung Fu Panda-heavy mess of an animation montage).
“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. 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.”
Unfortunately, once a story goes big, no one ever cares as much about the response or retraction, especially when there’s no juice to it.
After the segment was cut, according to Garfield’s stylist, he and Emma Stone chose not attend for personal reasons (Stone was seen back home in Arizona and her mom has cancer so here’s hoping they’re not the awful kind of personal reasons). I may be and am definitely biased, but as stories go, Spider-Man pulling a dick move on a tiny child with cancer is as low as it gets. Impressive, Page Six. Your move, The Devil.