There is a huge blow up in the MCU fandom right now over comments from Captain Marvel star Brie Larson. In an interview with Marie Claire UK (February 7th), Ms. Larson is interviewed by journalist Keah Brown, a journalist that seems more concerned with her readers knowing that she has cerebral palsy. The interview in question follows some familiar questions like, “How does the suit fit?”, or (paraphrasing) “What does Captain Marvel mean to young girls?” Some questions got a little weird, like when Ms. Brown asked what Brie Larson does with all of her money. But, while this type of questioning is the norm for celebrities beginning their press junket for a massively anticipated movie from Disney and Marvel, Brie Larson has come under fire, so to speak, for being open about how the people reviewing her new film are “overwhelmingly white and male”.
No joke, that’s the first sentence of her interview.
Look, I’ll be honest, I’m not an actor, journalist or professional film critic, but I think people are getting all riled up over nothing here because for about the last year, Brie Larson has had something of an agenda to exclude white men from commenting on her movies. Back in June of last year, Ms. Larson accepted an award from the Crystal +Lucy Awards, an awards ceremony held to honor women in communication and media (thank you Wikipedia). During her acceptance speech, Ms. Larson commented on how the film critic community wasn’t diverse enough for her. She swore several times that she didn’t hate “white dudes”, and called for more representation in the film critic community.
While there doesn’t seem to have been much fallout for her by saying these things, I can’t help but wonder what would happen if her Captain Marvel co-star, Jude Law had said that too many black women were reviewing his movies? I can tell you what would happen, his career would be over.
Now I’m not here to tell you that there is this ridiculous double standard that secretly dictates that right now, women can get away with saying virtually anything they want because this has nothing to do with women. We have a president that is openly racist while hiding in a Florida golf course and for the most part he is given a pass.
No, what’s happening here is Brie Larson is being a bully. For whatever reason, she is seemingly upset that white men review movies. She is openly judging and verbally accosting people she doesn’t know and probably will never meet and is relaying this message to us under the guise of inclusion for women and people of color. Many people much smarter than me have taken to their youtube channels and commented on this interview with Ms. Larson and they have articulated their disgust and frustration with this weird situation much better than I can here on this lonely platform I have. But I will say that feel bad for those involved. I feel bad that Brie Larson is alienating her potential audience, and audience that may not even care what critics are saying about her new film, just that the Tomato-meter is “fresh”. I feel bad that a group of writers are being called out and excluded just for being white men. I feel bad that Keah Brown has to use her disability to set herself apart from the massive pool of writers in the world.
And I feel bad for writing this article because I feel that by publishing this article, all I am doing is promoting a bully that is using her status of Oscar-winning actress to say some racist shit and get away with it. Brie Larson is not a hero or someone to look up to, and with that in mind, Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8th, 2019.