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Brie Larson Calls For More Diverse Film Critics

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Brie Larson Calls For More Diverse Film Critics

Brie Larson plays a superhero in the new Captain Marvel movie, describing her character as a "believer in truth and justice". Turns out she’s not dissimilar to Captain Marvel.

Brie Larson Calls For More Diverse Film Critics

During a speech given at Wednesday night’s Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles, Brie Larson made a call for inclusivity in the film industry, particularly when it comes to film criticism.

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The Oscar award-winning actress advocated for more diversity as, according to the study, in 2017, only 2.5% of top critics were women of color, while 80% of film critics who reviewed the year’s top box-office movies were male.

To really prove her point, Larson referenced A Wrinkle in Time‘s critical reception, saying, “I don’t need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about A Wrinkle in Time,” Larson said. “It wasn’t made for him! I want to know what it meant to women of color, biracial women, to teen women of color.”

Clarifying that it was about including those who have been historically marginalised, not about excluding white men, Brie said, “Am I saying I hate white dudes? No, I am not. What I am saying is if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of color, there is an insanely low chance a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie, and review your movie.”

Larson is also a vocal advocate of the Time’s Up initiative to end marginalisation and inequality in the workplace. She finished her speech by stressing the power of a good review, not only for someone’s career but to give art a fighting chance in the film industry.

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