“Am I saying I hate white dudes?”: The Infamous Brie Larson Quote That Turned the Whole World Against Captain Marvel Was Taken Out of Context

Despite backlash from Marvel fans, Larson continued to advocate for inclusion and diversity in the entertainment industry.

the infamous brie larson quote that turned the whole world against captain marvel was taken out of context

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  • Brie Larson's casting as Captain Marvel was seen as a significant moment for women in the superhero genre.
  • However, a misquoted statement by Larson caused controversy before the film's release, with some accusing her of inciting hatred towards white men.
  • Larson clarified that her intention was to encourage diversity and representation in the film industry.
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The casting of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel marked a turning point for the representation of women in the superhero genre. However, a misquoted statement made by the actress caused a stir prior to the film’s release, with many accusing her of inciting hatred towards white men. 

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Larson is carefully evaluating how she wants this pop culture movement to unfold. It is true that the infamous quote from her—which seemed to turn the whole world against Captain Marvel—was mistakenly attributed. Considering the whole context of her interview, her primary objectives were to encourage greater diversity and representation in the film industry.  

She attacked the media during her Crystal + Lucy Awards acceptance speech, claiming that “of the 100 highest-grossing films in 2017, less than a quarter of the critics were women of color..”

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Brie Larson in a still from the MCU
Brie Larson in a still from the MCU

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Brie Larson Was Taken Out of its Original Context?

Captain Marvel had a noticeable positive cultural impact but it also received backlash. Marvel fans’ reactions to the film’s release in 2019 were not entirely positive. Despite having a 79% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie drew harsh criticism from fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who thought Carol Danvers’ portrayal was subpar.

These accusations date back to Brie Larson‘s remarks about the absence of diversity among film critics during a panel discussion at the 2018 Women In Film Crystal Award. She expressed her desire to see more reviews from underrepresented voices.

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Brie Larson at Crystal Award for Excellence in 2018
Brie Larson at Crystal Award for Excellence in 2018

Larson called for diversity in entertainment coverage in her Crystal Award for Excellence in Film acceptance speech, citing USC Annenberg’s Critic’s Choice studyShe explained how,

“Of the 100 highest-grossing movies in 2017, less than a quarter of the critics were white women, less than ten percent were underrepresented men, and only 2.5 percent were women of color.”

Acknowledging that “reviews change lives” and the influence of the movies that get picked for the Oscars, Larson demanded greater diversity in the business:

“Am I saying I hate white dudes? No, I’m not I don’t want to hear what a white man has to say about ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ I want to hear what a woman of color, a biracial woman has to say about the film. I want to hear what teenagers think about the film.”

Brie Larson in a still from The Marvels (2023)
Brie Larson in a still from The Marvels (2023)

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Reactions from Fans to Brie Larson’s Speech

Surprisingly, that quote did not sit well with a few white boys on the internet. Brie Larson has stated that these kinds of prejudices have been prevalent among critics in Hollywood, as she stated:

“We are expanding to make films that better reflect the people that buy movie tickets.”

But regrettably, there is no public conversation about those people’s choices in movies. She claimed:

“I don’t hate white dudes, there are just facts. I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him about A Wrinkle in Time—it wasn’t made for him!. 

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Brie Larson and Jacob Trembley in Room

Many fans came out in support of the actor, although the resurfaced video has initiated yet another debate. One fan tweeted:

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Brie Larson as Captain Marvel
Rogan supported Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

In spite of the controversy, Larson never wavered in her support of inclusion and diversity in the entertainment industry. She persisted in advocating for greater representation of underrepresented groups in films and endeavored to give these voices more prominence.

The Marvels, her latest movie, is currently playing in theaters.

Related: “You are doing it wrong”: Brie Larson Made it Clear That She Would Have Walked Out of Captain Marvel Set Had MCU Made One Mistake With Her Character

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