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Brie Larson on Not Clapping for Casey Affleck at the Oscars: The Moment ‘Spoke for Itself’

In other words, it meant exactly what you thought it meant.

Brie Larson at the oscars

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Any other year, Brie Larson not clapping for Casey Affleck as he accepted his Best Actor prize might have been the most notable moment of the Academy Awards. As we now live on Earth 2 and last month’s ceremony ended in perhaps the most shocking moment in Oscars history, however, it may have slipped past more viewers’ attention. During the premiere of “Kong: Skull Island” last night, the actress more or less confirmed the moment’s significance: “I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself,” she told Vanity Fair.

READ MORE: Brie Larson Refused to Clap for Casey Affleck After Presenting Him with the Oscar for Best Actor

“I’ve said all that I need to say about that topic,” she then added. Larson, who won an Academy Award of her own for playing a sexual-abuse survivor in “Room,” is also a prominent advocate for people who have gone through similar experiences. And since Affleck was accused of sexual harassment in 2010 — leading to a case that was eventually settled out of court — Larson apparently didn’t feel inclined to clap for him along with everyone else in the Dolby Theatre.

READ MORE: Casey Affleck Addresses Sexual Harassment Allegations After Oscar Win

Affleck was asked about the allegations by the Boston Globe shortly after winning his award for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea.” “I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else,” he said after reportedly pausing and sighing. “There’s really nothing I can do about it. Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”

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So she reached her conclusion regarding whatever happened to Affleck, even though the gag order governing the incident means that no one knows what actually happened. Verdict first, trial afterward!


    it’s only because it was settled outside of court, leads us to believe he was shady.


      Harder questions: 1) how do you feel about Chinatown? 2) How would your feelings change about a piece of art that deeply moved you, if you were to later find out that the creator did something immoral? 3) How would you feel if it were proven that Affleck were innocent, and how would you feel about what you’ve written here? 4) Is your opinion of the film bad because of your opinion on Affleck’s guilt, and how would you feel if you missed out on a transformative emotional experience from a piece of art because of your opinions on an unproven case? I think if you answered any of these quickly or easily, you probably haven’t thought them through fully, or are answering to put yourself in the best light; they are very difficult things for most people to think about regarding themselves and art. I certainly have a tough time with stuff like this, at any rate. So I don’t mean it to be a jerk, I just think self-honesty leads to greater mutual understanding. Anyway, worth considering I think.

Betty P.

Thank you, Brie!!! No one should ever clap for predators. Sad hypocrites in Hollywood hand out awards to people who would be in jail if it weren’t for their last name and the ability to pay victims off. So boring watching awards go to talentless hacks just because of who they are related to. Seriously hated that movie too, very repetitive story that’s been told many times before

    Steve H

    Really Betty is Casey a talentless hack? Did you think LA LA Land should’ve won. Grow up, it was a sexual harassment case that was settled out of court more than likely to avoid having it drag out create more bad press and because he was too busy to be going in and out of court. It is a far cry from empirically defining him as a “predator”.

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