Salma Hayek Calls For Reparations For Actresses Who Have Been Underpaid


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.

Actress Salma Hayek said former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein only responded to sexual harassment allegations from her and actress Lupita N'yongo because women of color are "the easiest to get discredited".

"Ask what women are paid, and say, 'If she's not paid the same as the men, I'm not doing it'". "It is a well-known fact". 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. But she also had a warning for these women: "they still want to pay you the exploitative salary they paid you before". "I hope I can get a job after this!"

Hayek said that although achieving equality would take time, movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have created a serious long-lasting avenue for change.

"We are 82 women, representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes film festival in 1946", Cate Blanchett read from a statement on behalf of the collective.

Hayek said inflated fees demanded by some leading actors, whom she did not name, could mean there was less money left for their female co-stars. The predators are hiding.

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"We should have been angrier soon".

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

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

"We should have come together, because that's what's made a difference".

She added she found the protest - in which more than 80 women stood on the red carpet - visually arresting: "I was really moved to see physically - which is the best way to do it, because cinema is about visual images - and I think that we talk a lot, but this image, yeah, it looked like we were a lot".