Brie Larson's Savage Response To Marvel Fans Who Said She Should 'Smile More' Is Perfect
21 September 2018, 12:58 | Updated: 8 August 2019, 12:10
Brie Larson's response to the trolls who think Captain Marvel should 'smile more' is truly one of the best things I've ever seen.
Hello and welcome to season 84 of 'This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things'. In today's episode, Brie Larson finds herself clapping back against sexist Twitter users who complained that Captain Marvel doesn't smile enough. Yes. Seriously.
In case you haven't heard, the trailer for Captain Marvel, Marvel's very first female-led solo movie, dropped on September 18 and has already amassed an incredible 109 million+ plays across several platforms within the first 24 hours of release. The film, starring Oscar winner Larson, is set for release in March 2019.
But as expected with anything involving a badass woman from the Marvel franchise, it was met with completely unnecessary sexist backlash.
Despite the incredible reaction to the trailer, there has been quite a large influx of (mostly) male Twitter users complaining about the lack of warmth and excitement in Brie Larson's facial expressions because heaven forbid a woman doesn't crack a smile when she's trying to fight a fucking war on a planet she doesn't remember.
Complaints ranged from tweets about Brie's apparent limited range of emotions (it's a two minute teaser trailer for a two hour movie, sweetheart) to people actually photoshopping smiles onto screenshots of Carol Danvers' face in the trailer and saying it looks 'better'.
In retaliation to the backlash, fans then flocked to Twitter to point out that most of the men in the Marvel and DC franchises have also used the same stern facial expression in their movies as Brie did in her trailer. They also pointed out that the reinforcing of these toxic gender stereotypes aren't helpful at all. Basically, several points were made.
Someone legit edited #Captainmarvel face so she could “smile more” and ppl in the comments are saying this looks better.— valerie (vza) complex (@ValerieComplex) September 19, 2018
This is fucking wild, no one did this to Thor or Captain America. Y’all don’t want women to have any agency. https://t.co/8CoxPlIqcw
I'm not RTing this asshole because it's what he wants. But it seems this dude's big issue with Captain Marvel is that the pretty lady won't just smile and look pretty like a good girl.#StopTellingCaptainMarvelToSmile pic.twitter.com/zxFCYxcUgJ— Geek Girl Diva (@geekgirldiva) September 19, 2018
Uhh, I’ve heard SO many dudes say: “Brie Larson doesn’t look like she’s having ‘fun’. She’s too serious.”— Tony B Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon) September 19, 2018
Translation: “Pretty girls should smile more”
Fellas, please be mindful that these comments reinforce gender stereotypes. Help change culture expectations.#CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/gvgIQVafQf
Of course, once Brie caught wind of the comments, she responded to each and every one by posting a few pictures on her Instagram story... of the Marvel men... who are absolutely not smiling... in any of the promotional pictures depicting their superhero characters in similarly intense situations.
brie larson posting photoshopped marvel posters with the male leads smiling in response to complaints about captain marvel “needing to smile” in the trailer is absolutely legendary pic.twitter.com/9gLr997THl— 𝓃𝒶𝓎 ★ (@svnnyparker) September 20, 2018
i know her instagram story probably had nothing to do with this but .... brie larson taking down all these clowns pic.twitter.com/u47rRB52RM— erin (@modernbucky) September 19, 2018
marvel fanboys: brie larson lacks expression as an actress she should smile more— ashley (@boburnhaim) September 20, 2018
brie larson on instagram: pic.twitter.com/giotWQkTUa