Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein is trying to discredit women of colour

15 May, 2018, 22:50 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • Salma Hayek says Harvey Weinstein specifically denied her Lupita Nyong’o’s allegations because they’re women of color

She is developing five movies, and they are all about women, she said.

"I will be hated for saying this", she added.

For her part, Hayek celebrated the fact that it is becoming hard to hire known female writers and directors because so many of them are getting snapped up by studios.

She said: "If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses". "The predators are hiding and terrified. You feel this very palpable atmosphere". "It was a strategy by the lawyers because we are the easiest to get discredited". Emma Stone revealed that throughout her career some men have taken pay cuts in order to increase her salary.

Hayek urged women to shift their focus from advocacy to action.

"When you start seeing people standing up for their rights and being heard, it becomes contagious", she said. "As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress".




She said Weinstein harassed her on the movie, which she produced, demanding that she do a "gratuitous" nude scene with another actress.

Among the 82 women standing in protest was the actress, producer and director Salma Hayek Pinault, a leading voice in the #MeToo and Times Up movements and among the dozens of women who have accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

Speaking at Cannes' Women In Motion talk, the actress said it's not just the producers who have ignored equality in filmmaking, but the stars too - according to The Guardian. "Luckily there are so many of us, otherwise we would have been disbelieved". "I can't find enough female writers and directors", Hayek said. "Because men have the opportunity to rethink what it means to be a man, and this comes with a lot of freedom".

"A lot of attractive peaceful men have been the victims of the bullying of men who think that the identity of a man has to do with violence", the actress added.

The number of women taking part is the same as the number of films directed by women to have been selected to feature at Cannes in its more than seven-decade history.

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