Sure, she can save the world, absorb energy and shoot it back out of her fists, and travel through space and time (NBD). But some sexist internet trolls think Captain Marvel should…smile more. Yep. Brie Larson was criticized for “not smiling” while playing Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel). Luckily, she had the best response.
For some context, the first trailer for Captain Marvel was released on September 18th, and in less than three days, it garnered over 30 million views. People are stoked for the first-ever female-led Marvel film, and it’s already predicted to be what Wonder Woman was for DC— aka a huge, groundbreaking success.
But (of course) the regressive comments rolled on in as soon as the trailer dropped. One person even went as far as to to paste a smile on Larson’s Captain Marvel images.
In true superhero fashion, Larson adeptly called out the inherent sexism in the critique, posting photoshopped images of smiling male superheroes to her Instagram Story.
And Larson wasn’t the only one clapping back.
Let’s get one thing straight: Telling women to “smile” is archaic—and it’s a complaint that never gets lobbed at men. It implies that women are here for amusement and to “look cute,” and denies them the basic right to their own emotions.
You can check out Larson in all her badass, non-smiling glory in the Captain Marvel trailer below.
So. Much. Yes.