Brie Larson is kicking off her publicity tour as the first female lead in a Marvel Comics movie with "Captain Marvel." But she's facing withering backlash and a boycott from some fans who are turned off by her man-hating rhetoric.
The boycott was launched by conservative author Jack Posobiec, a correspondent with One America News.
Posobiec started the Twitter hashtag Alita Challenge, urging his legion of social media followers to boycott "Captain Marvel" and see "Alita: Battle Angel" instead.
Posobiec told CCN that Larson's anti-male rhetoric and Marvel Studio's injection of leftist politics into the action film is insulting and unwarranted. He underscored that movie fans go to the theater to be entertained — not to be indoctrinated and brainwashed with left-wing propaganda.
Posobiec, who has an infant son, says he launched the Captain Marvel boycott because it's time to "stop giving money to people who hate us."
The former U.S. Navy intelligence officer says Hollywood — which is overwhelmingly left-wing — needs to stop inserting divisive SJW (Social Justice Warrior) polemic into movies and TV shows.
Otherwise, consumers like him will vote with their feet by boycotting their movies, TV shows, and the corporate advertisers that sponsor them.
Posobiec told CCN this constant male-bashing is an alarming pattern that has escalated and become normalized.
He's actually correct. On movies, TV shows, and especially on social media platforms like Twitter, it's acceptable to mock and trash men, especially white males.
But if men (particularly if they're white) respond by slamming a female or a minority, they immediately get dragged as a racist, sexist white supremacist. Often, they get banned from Twitter and other platforms.
Jack Posobiec says enough is enough. He's tired of having politics injected into everything — regardless of whether the viewpoint being pushed is liberal or conservative.
"We saw what Disney did to 'Star Wars,' and now we see what they're doing to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Alita Challenge is about watching a movie with a strong female lead that doesn't hate half her audience.
It's cultural normativity. We are sick and tired of SJW politics being crammed into our movies, regardless of what side it's coming from.
Brie Larson attacked fathers, sons, and brothers. Why would we give money to people who hate us?
It's not happening anymore. Even the paid bloggers and Disney shills admit this movie stinks."
The backlash against Brie Larson started building last summer after the actress said she doesn't care about the opinions of white male film reviewers. Instead, she cares about the opinions of minority women.
In a June 2018 speech at the Crystal + Lucy Awards, Larson urged the film industry to promote women of color and marginalize white men, whom she says have dominated the industry for far too long.
"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 or a biracial woman has to say about the film. I want to hear what teenagers think about the film.”
Larson has since doubled-down on her stance. In a February 2019 interview with Marie Claire, Larson said she deliberately chose a black female journalist with cerebral palsy to interview her.
Larson said she had her white-guilt epiphany in 2018, when she realized that most movie reviewers were white men. That really bothered her, and was something she wants to change.
"About a year ago, I started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing movies. I noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male."
Conservatives like Jack Posobiec say you can champion women without bashing men. He's right. Look at the meteoric success of the 2017 blockbuster, "Wonder Woman," starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot.
"Wonder Woman" was directed by a female, Patty Jenkins. Interestingly, its executive producer was Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary of President Donald Trump.
To date, "Wonder Woman" has grossed $822 million worldwide. In its opening weekend, "Wonder Woman" grossed more than $100 million at the U.S. box office — a record for a film directed by a female.
"Wonder Woman" was celebrated by both male and female moviegoers because its protagonist was a strong, independent woman who did not hate men.
Lest anyone think that only white men are participating in the Alita Challenge, it bears noting that many women also support the "Captain Marvel" boycott.
"Supporting women doesn't mean hating men," Sofia Carbone tweeted.
Another woman scoffed: "Disney's using third-wave feminism as a marketing gimmick."
Mindy Robinson tweeted: "Instead of seeing Captain Marvel and its man-hating lead actress this weekend, see Alita: Battle Angel instead. It stars a strong female without all the SJW bullsh*t."
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not represent those of, nor should they be attributed to, CCN.
Last modified (UTC): March 8, 2019 4:53 AM