Wednesday 18 September 2019

Women should have got angrier sooner: Hayek

Salma Hayek. Photo: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Salma Hayek. Photo: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Alan Martin

Salma Hayek says women in Hollywood should have become angrier sooner over the sexual harassment that goes on in the film industry.

But a day after joining the 82-woman protest at the Cannes Film Festival, Hayek revealed change for women in Tinseltown is already happening.

Hayek said her production company was having trouble keeping up with the demand for female writers and directors. The actress-producer said she had sold four TV shows about women this year.

Hayek also claimed Harvey Weinstein specifically contested her claim of sexual harassment and that of Lupita Nyong'o because they're women of colour.

"It was a strategy by the lawyers, because we are the easiest to get discredited. It is a well-known fact that if you are a woman of colour people believe in you less and believe what you say less. He went to the weakest links."

She added she found the protest - in which more than 80 women stood on the red carpet - visually arresting: "I was really moved to see physically - which is the best way to do it, because cinema is about visual images - and I think that we talk a lot, but this image, yeah, it looked like we were a lot.

"But yet we were such a small number."

She believes the industry could have acted sooner to form the #MeToo movement: "We should have been angrier sooner. More than angrier, because I think we were already angry. We should have come together, because that's what's made the difference, we should have come together sooner."

Irish Independent

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