The confusion was evident on Larson’s face as a reporter inquired about her thoughts on Depp’s film opening the festival, considering her previous outspoken support for Time’s Up and #MeToo.
Larson responded to the question with surprise, asking the reporter why she was being asked specifically and failing to understand the correlation.
Unsure of how to respond when pressed further, Larson simply stated, “Well, you’ll see, I guess, if I’ll see it. And I don’t know how I’ll feel about it if I do.”
#BrieLarson fields a question from a reporter about the inclusion of #JohnnyDepp and his film #JeanneduBarry in the CannesFilmFestival. #todayshow #cannes #festivaldecannes
This awkward exchange during the press conference quickly gained traction online, with fans commending Larson for her composed reaction.
Many praised Larson for not taking the bait and standing up against the notion that women owe anyone a response regarding Johnny Depp.
Supporters lauded her excellent response and recognized the attempt to provoke her. They appreciated Larson’s ability to shut down the question gracefully.
While some viewers questioned why Larson didn’t provide a direct answer, the majority empathized with her, considering the unwarranted hate she has endured in the past, particularly from Marvel trolls. Defending Larson, one viewer highlighted the misogynistic hate campaign she faced and understood her reluctance to subject herself to such negativity again.
Another viewer saw Larson’s response as a way of removing herself from the narrative, given the constant criticism she receives and the lack of media support in her defense.
It was understandable that Larson chose not to engage further in a situation that could potentially attract more unwarranted scrutiny and criticism.