Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Salma Hayek speaks frankly about Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo at Cannes

Salma Hayek speaks frankly about Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo at Cannes

According to Hayek, however, it is not just women who have suffered as a effect of powerful men abusing their positions.

"Change has already happened" in Hollywood, Hayek said, so the time has come for women in the industry to build on that momentum through their film work.

She spoke Sunday at a conference at the Cannes Film Festival in support of the fight for gender equality, Reuters reports.

The gender pay gap, however, will take far longer to close, Hayek said.

"If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses".

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.

"The actors have to say: 'OK, time's up". Now is the time for female film makers to show audiences and industry leaders, "look what you were missing all this time", she said.

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

"But also the actors have to work together because if the male actors are asking for such big numbers, that part of it belongs a little bit to the women and in the past it was never given and the movie doesn't get done because they can not pay the actors what they were making.The actors have to say 'OK, time's up, I had a good run but now it's time to also be generous with the actresses in the films'".

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

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. So he went back, attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us ... he could then maybe discredit the rest.

Hayek also claimed that if there hadn't been as many allegations made against Weinstein, people would have accepted his denial of her accusations.

Hayek said it was hard to hire known female writers and directors in the USA now, as studios are snapping them up trying to catch up with the public mood.

"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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