Salma: Harvey is trying to discredit women of colour

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"On these steps today stand 82 women representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946".

Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek and Marion Cotillard were among 82 women who made a symbolic walk up the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, in a demonstration of solidarity for women struggling for a voice in the movie industry.

"Ask what women are paid, and say, 'If she's not paid the same as the men, I'm not doing it'".

Some are skeptical that reducing men's pay is the way to gender parity, saying that in most industries, the pay gap emerges when men get high-skilled jobs and when women take time away from the job market to have children. "You feel this very palpable atmosphere", she concluded.


The actress claimed she turned down his requests, and alleged the producer even threatened to kill her.

"We couldn't have done it without a few good men, like my husband", she said, adding that it was "so sexy and unnerving when he comes up with ideas that I should have".

A day after joining more than 80 women's protest at the Cannes Film Festival, Salma Hayek said Sunday that change for women in Hollywood is already happening.

Hayek also remarked on her allegation of sexual harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed in December.


While he was producing the 2002 film "Frida", in which Hayek starred, Weinstein insisted that she add an unscripted sex scene with another woman, complete with full-frontal nudity. "So, he went attacking the two women of colour, in hopes that if he could discredit us, he could then maybe discredit the rest", Hayek told Variety during Women In Motion panel discussion at Cannes.

"We should have been angrier sooner", she said.

While Weinstein and his team issued generic denials of many women's accusations, Hayek's and Nyong'o's allegations were among the small handful they addressed by name.

"I think it's an invitation for us to think differently and to act differently", she said.


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