Cannes: Salma Hayek says change has 'already happened'

Joann Johnston
May 15, 2018

Hayek - who has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements - then called "time's up" on the entertainment industry's wage gap.

Halfway up the stairs at the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday stood 82 women, representing the 82 female directors who have climbed those same stairs since the first year the festival was held, 1946.

Instagram Salma Hayek shared a series of photos in which she is depicted in this luxurious gown. "Because if there hadn't been so many, probably people would have thought that we made that up".

Hayek said Weinstein's direct responses were only to herself, and the accusations lodged against him by Nyong'o.

Hayek said men should not be afraid of change in the gender balance.

Equal pay isn't just about paying women more, according to Salma Hayek; it may be about men getting paid less.

The actress said she was "shocked" to discover how much of the producer's alleged impropriety had been hushed up.

"A lot of attractive, peaceful men have been the victims of the bullying of men", she declared, saying it was "an exciting time" for men in Hollywood.

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One actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, on Sunday said he would boycott film projects that do not pay women the same as their male co-stars.

Hayek wrote an essay in The New York Times in December that accused Weinstein of sexual harassment during the making of the film "Frida".

Weinstein and his team of publicists rarely responded to allegations from individual women in the news, providing general statements and denials to the press.

"It was a strategy by the lawyers, because we are the easiest to get discredited", the Mexican-born actress told Variety during a panel discussion.

Speaking at Cannes, Hayek said Weinstein specifically contested her claim and that of Lupita Nyong'o because they are women of colour. "So he went back, attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us".

The producer has denied all allegations of "non-consensual sex" and has disputed Hayek's account.

Hayek went on, "It's a proven fact that women of colour are less listened to".

"The men are terrified", she said. But she said the #MeToo movement also is a great time for men "to rethink what it means to be a man".

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