Brie Larson calls for more diversity in film criticism following USC study

Brie Larson accepts the Crystal award for excellence in film at the Women In Film Crystal and Lucy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 13, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.Chris Pizzello/Invision / AP
“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!”

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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