At first glance, the upcoming movie Kong: Skull Island sort of seems like it might just be another big budget sci-fi monster movie — which would be totally fine. After a deeper look, it’s much more than that. The movie’s star Brie Larson says her character is a tribute to journalists, and her explanation is beautiful.
Her poignant caption was accompanied by a still shot from the movie (not pictured: King Kong).
“I make movies as a form of activism,” Larson wrote. “I believe we learn from what we see in our leaders. I’m proud to play Mason Weaver in @kongskullislandmovie because she represents the many journalists who risk their lives everyday to share with us the truth. Weaver leads with compassion and believes that unity cannot be obtained through aggression. I’m excited to share this film with you. And in the meanwhile I’m thrilled to have this platform as a way to connect us. Let’s work together. Lets be open to learning from each other.”
Larson’s comments are incredibly relevant to the current situation going on in the US.
With accusations of fake news being hurled at the press almost daily, both by citizens and the President himself, it’s important to remember the critical and dangerous work that journalists do daily. They may not need to escape a giant monkey, but they do frequently go into war-torn areas, sites of natural disasters, and places where journalists are considered a threat.
It’s amazing that Brie Larson, an Academy Award winner, is using her platform and her choice of roles to speak up for journalists, freedom, and truth. Hit up her insta for a lot of great information:
It’s so important for all of us to continue speaking up and doing everything we can.