Women should have got angrier sooner: Hayek

Muriel Colon
May 15, 2018

"You feel it. It's a very palpable atmosphere". She is developing five movies, and they are all about women, she said.

"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'".

The Mexican-born actress, a leading voice in the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, said highly-paid male stars would have to make sacrifices.

Actress Salma Hayek, a vocal campaigner against sexual harassment in the movie industry, said on Sunday male stars should get less pay as a way to address the chronic underpayment of women.

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

On Monday, Cannes Film Festival artistic director, Thierry Fremaux, signed a pledge to promote gender parity and transparency at the festival. But while progress on the gender pay gap front will require more "aggressive" action, Hayek said, she argued that change had already arrived.

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

"We should have been angrier soon".

"He only responded to two women, two women of color", Hayek said.

"We are the easiest to get discredited", she said, according to Variety.

"Personally, as a woman that has been part of this community and has had to go through the struggles that all women have had to go through, it's an important step to see this happen", she said. "Men have the opportunity, which is so lovely, to rethink what does it mean to be a man", she said.

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