Brie Larson Says She Purposefully Didn’t Clap for Casey Affleck at the Oscars

Brie Larson doesn’t actually need to clap to clapback.

The actress made headlines after this year’s Oscars when she did not applaud for Casey Affleck as she presented him with the Academy Award for Best Actor. Though the crowd gave the Manchester by the Sea star a standing ovation, Larson noticeably kept her hands by her side. Many fans speculated that the move was a response to Affleck’s sexual harassment allegations as Larson, who won the golden statuette the year prior for her role as a rape victim in Room, has been a vocal advocate for sexual assault survivors.

According to the 27-year-old, her muted reaction was intentional.

“I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself,” she told Vanity Fair. “I’ve said all that I need to say about that topic.”

Earlier this month, The Edit published an interview with Larson and Jane Fonda discussing violence against women, in which the two spoke about their experiences in a male-dominated industry.

Having played two characters who were sexually abused, I’ve done a lot of work with victims of sexual abuse. We can’t take any steps backward in allowing people to think abuse is their fault. It’s the people-pleaser disease,” she shared with Fonda, who revealed she had been raped when she was younger. “It can get wild out there when you start speaking up, especially on social media. I’ve been getting a lot of backlash recently. People say I’m an ‘elite’; that I don’t know what I’m talking about.”

Affleck was previously sued by two women for alleged sexual misconduct during the production of I’m Still Here. Both lawsuits were settled in 2010.

“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,” the actor told the Boston Globe last month, addressing the allegations. “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.”