Brie Larson calls for more diversity in film criticism following USC study
Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson appealed for more diversity in film criticism at an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, pointing to stark statistics from a recent study.
Accepting an award at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, Larson drew attention to a University of Southern California study,published this week, that found nearly 80 percent of film critics who reviewed last year’s top performers at the box-office were male — and predominantly white.
“I don’t need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ It wasn’t made for him! I want to know what it meant to women of color, biracial women, to teen women of color,” Larson said, referring to the fantasy film, helmed by a black woman, that received relatively middling reviews.
“Am I saying I hate white dudes? No, I am not,” she continued. “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.”
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