​Before Brie Larson takes on Thanos as ​Captain Marvel, she will star in her own solo film, and like most films featuring a cast of women or people of color, there's sadly a surge of disparagers and "fans" that simply have nothing of importance to say. 


Recently, the Star Wars franchise has been a victim of this senseless harassment, as The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran ​deleted her Instagram following racial abuse online.

Speaking at the Crystal + Lucy Awards while accepting the award for Excellence in Film, Brie Larson spoke on the the importance of highlighting under-represented groups in the world of press and criticism, and hearing what movies like Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time mean to women and people of color. 


"Earlier this week, USC Annenberg's inclusive initiative released findings that 67% of the top critics reviewing the 100 highest grossing movies in 2017 were white males," Larson ​began. "Less than a quarter were white women, and less than 10% were unrepresented men. Only 2.5% of those top critics were women of color. So you're probably thinking right now like 'wow that super doesn't represent the country that I live in' and that's because that's true. This is a huge disconnect from the U.S. population breakdown of 30% white men, 30% white women, 20% men of color, and 20% women of color."

"What I'm saying is is that if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of color," Larson explained, "there is an insanely low chance that a woman of color will have the chance to see your movie and review your movie. And this is also not to mention other people besides white dudes like Star Wars, and would love the opportunity to do a set visit."


"Our industry has gone through a major growth," Larson continued. "We are expanding to make films that better reflect the people that buy movie tickets, but they are not allowed enough chances to read public discourse on the films by the people that these films were made for. I do not need a forty-year-old white dude to tell me what didn't work for him about A Wrinkle In Time. It wasn't made for him."

"For the third time, I don't hate white dudes," Larson concluded. "These are just facts. These are not my feelings... I'm just saying we need to be conscious of our bias and do our part to make sure that everyone is in the room." Watch the entire speech via ​Variety, and check out the referenced ​USC Annenberg study ​here.


Captain Marvel will debut in theaters on March 8th, 2019.