PSA: Stop telling women to smile.

By Faith Brar
September 24, 2018
Photo: YouTube / Captain Marvel Trailer / Marvel

Marvel fans have been anxiously waiting to see Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, especially since the very first photos of her badass costume surfaced at the beginning of the year. Not to mention she's been working hard to get in superhero shape with BFF Alison Brie. (Seriously, their workout pics are all-around #goals.)

But shortly after the movie's first trailer debuted a few days ago, trolls on Twitter began posting critiques, telling the actress that she looked stiff and needed to smile more. One person even went as far as to paste a smile on several of Larson's Captain Marvel images. No, we're not kidding:

Thankfully, Larson took to her Instagram Stories and responded to the ridiculously sexist comments in true superheroine fashion. "Breaking news: You can be you," she wrote according to Uproxx. "That means you can smile or not. You can be strong in the ways you want to be. You can own who you are. If anyone tells you different don't trust them." (Related: Why Brie Larson Didn't Applaud for Casey Affleck After His Oscar Win)

Along with the powerful message, she also shared Photoshopped images of male superheroes with smiles on their faces, hilariously proving her point: Heroes look pretty creepy if they're smiling while trying to save the world.

Jokes aside though, Larson's message brings to light the ages-old "smile more" complaint that not only objectifies women but robs them of their right to their own emotions. At the end of the day, Captain Marvel is a fighter pilot who spends most of her time fighting off bad guys and shape-shifting aliens. She's a badass who has no time to take demands from a man to put a smile on her face. Need proof? Watch the incredible trailer below: