Movies have this wonderful quality of transcending people beyond their box of existence and onto a universal plain of reality. As Shakespeare understood, truly great stories can unite people across all class, color, and ethnic boundaries.
It seems that actress Brie Larson ("Room") has a difficult time grasping that reality. In fact, she thinks "white dudes" don't understand certain films and thinks they marginalize bona fide pieces of garbage like Ava DuVernay's social justice swansong to new age religion — "A Wrinkle In Time" — merely because they are both white and male.
Accepting the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday, Larson said more women and people of color should be allowed into screenings.
"Female and underrepresented critics can’t review what they don’t see, and many are denied accreditation or access to press screenings," she said. "So, if you are in this room, or if you know someone who is a gatekeeper, please make sure that these invites and credentials find their way to more underrepresented journalists and critics, many of whom are freelancers."
Larson said she does not "hate white dudes" but wants a more diverse audience. Again, this is the age-old leftist axiom that judges people by the color of their skin, not the quality of their work.
"Am I saying that I hate white dudes? No, I’m not," she said. "But what I am saying is if you make a movie that is a love letter to a woman of color, there is an insanely low chance that a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie and review your movie. ... It really sucks that reviews matter, but reviews matter."
"I don’t need a white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him in ‘A Wrinkle In Time.’ It wasn’t made for him," she said to a round of applause. "I want to know what that film meant to women of color, to biracial women, to teen women of color, to teens that are biracial. And, for the third time, I don’t hate white dudes. These are just facts. These are not my feelings."
“A Wrinkle In Time” director Ava DuVernay concurred with Larson and applauded her on Twitter: “Brie Larson is a warrior. Much respect.”
Do Brie Larson and DuVernay intend to say that "A Wrinkle In Time" would have been better had more black women reviewed the film? Last any of us checked, "Black Panther" was released just weeks prior and broke box office records.