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Women should have got angrier sooner: Hayek

15 May, 2018, 22:48 | Author: Shawna Walton

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

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

The issue of equality has been a running theme throughout the Cannes film festival, which is the first to take place since sexual harassment allegations against some major Hollywood players surfaced past year.

The Mexican-born star subsequently claimed that one way to achieve equality would be for actors to spurn "inflated fees".

Hayek hopes that the #MeToo movement will offer a chance to men to re-examine their own roles, both in the film industry, and in society as a whole. She is developing five movies, and they are all about women, she said. "You feel this very palpable atmosphere", she concluded. "It worked. And I think we should enjoy it".

The 51-year-old actress has spoken about Hollywood's gender pay gap during a Women in Motion talk at the Cannes Film Festival, where she called on her male co-stars to take a proactive approach towards the problem.

"For years, he was my monster", Hayek wrote in an op-ed published in December by The New York Times. Hayek added. "So, he went back, attacking the two women of color ... if he could discredit us, which would be easier for the audience, the readers to not believe us, he could then maybe discredit the rest".

Hollywood star Salma Hayek said Sunday that male stars will have to take pay cuts if they are serious about equality for women.

"When you start seeing people standing up for their rights and being heard, it becomes contagious", she said.

The unusual thing about Weinstein's denial, Hayek noted, was not that he refuted the claims, but that he or his team said anything about them at all - most of Weinstein's sexual abuse accusers have not been directly addressed by the producer.

"Men have the opportunity to rethink what it means to be a man, and with this comes a lot of freedom".

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