Brie Larson is doing her part to ensure that the Captain Marvel press tour isn’t only covered by white male journalists.
There has been a great deal of focus in regards to hiring a more diverse group of people for both the cast and crew of movies. With actors and filmmakers recently swearing to only work on movies that hire more of the many talented, non-white, non-male individuals trying to find work in Hollywood, it was only a matter of time before other professions started becoming vocal about their diversity disparity.
The entertainment journalism community didn’t waste time to explain how most reporters that are white and male seem to get priority when it comes to the best coverage of major entertainment news. Brie Larson has decided to do what she can to support journalists that aren’t white guys by committing to a more diverse press tour for her upcoming Marvel flick, Captain Marvel.
In a recent interview for Marie Claire, Larson explained she began to pay attention to the members of the press she encountered when promoting new films, and she noticed the critics reviewing movies were largely white males. An active member of the #MeToo movement and a vocal champion to diversity and inclusion, Larson immediately began working on how she could help fix this problem.
As she told Marie Claire, “I spoke to Dr. Stacy Smith at the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who put together a study to confirm that. Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive.” With her newfound position of power and privilege as Captain Marvel, Larson explained to Marie Claire that she wants to use it to do as much good as she can, even if it makes her uncomfortable.
“I want to go out of my way to connect the dots, It just took me using the power that I’ve been given now as Captain Marvel. [The role] comes with all these privileges and powers that make me feel uncomfortable because I don’t really need them. It’s a by-product of the profession and a sign of the times. But any uncomfortableness I feel is balanced by the knowledge that it gives me the ability to advocate for myself and others.”
We love seeing how Brie Larson is taking the spotlight given to her thanks to the MCU and trying to make positive changes in Hollywood. Diversity in the movie critic sphere is a huge problem, and hopefully more follow Larson’s lead to make the space a more inclusive one.