So… I’ve never been big on Brie Larson. Not that I hated her. But I just … didn’t worship her? Now though? I think Brie Larson owns me. Brie Larson is currently promoting Kong: Skull Island. And I was worried about whether or not we should worry about her on the press tour being asked about Casey Affleck, and not clapping for Casey Affleck, and making a face about Casey Affleck both at the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Because if Casey Affleck can go an entire Oscar season without really being asked about the allegations against him, why should Brie Larson have to? But… she was. And did.
She would have known, of course. What we’ve been saying, what we’ve been reading into her reaction to Casey Affleck. And there was no denial. There was no attempt to say, “Oh, the internet blows things out of proportion and I didn’t mean to mean anything”, which is what so many other celebrities would have done. Instead, when asked about Casey Affleck and the Oscars by Vanity Fair last night at the Kong: Skull Island premiere, this was her response:
“I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself. I’ve said all that I need to say about that topic.”
In other words, what you thought that night? What we thought that night? That she wasn’t there for Casey Affleck? That she wasn’t down for Casey Affleck winning?
That’s EXACTLY what she was trying to communicate.
And she’s not apologising for it, she’s not trying to minimise it, she’s just… leaving it there, for what it is. Which is a rejection, a rejection of what Casey Affleck represents, and a confirmation of what she, herself, represents.
Here’s Brie at the LA premiere of Kong: Skull Island last night.