Hollywood star Salma Hayek, one of the innumerable women who came forward a year ago to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, believes disgraced producer only responded to her and Lupita Nyongo's claims because women of colour are the easiest to get discredited.
The prestigious Cannes festival has come under criticism for failing to showcase more films by women directors.
She spoke Sunday at a conference at the Cannes Film Festival in support of the fight for gender equality, Reuters reports.
Hayek said much work still needs to be done, particularly on the issue of equal pay.
It will require not only fearless salary negotiation, but also, perhaps, some male actors' giving up a portion of their inflated salaries to be able to pay women salaries that are on par with theirs, she said.
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.
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I want to thank him for the chance and confidence, for the information and expertise, however most significantly for his friendship.
The actress claimed she turned down his requests, and alleged the producer even threatened to kill her.
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.
Actress Salma Hayek said that male actors should take a pay cut to serve as reparations for the unfair treatment and payment of women in Hollywood.
"When you start seeing people standing up for their rights and being heard, it becomes contagious", she said.
Hayek accused the disgraced Weinstein of sexual harassment back in 2002, when she was filming the movie "Frida". "Because men have the opportunity to rethink what it means to be a man, and this comes with a lot of freedom".