Cannes 2018: Hayek calls on male stars to take pay cuts

Sofia Boutella Salma Hayek Patty Jenkins Claudia Cardinale and other filmaker walk on the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du So

Sofia Boutella Salma Hayek Patty Jenkins Claudia Cardinale and other filmaker walk on the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du So

Hollywood star Salma Hayek, one of the innumerable women who came forward past year 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.

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

Hayek said much work still needs to be done, particularly on the issue of equal pay.

The Mexican-born star subsequently claimed that one way to achieve equality would be for actors to spurn "inflated fees". "The prestigious Palme d'Or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors-too numerous to mention by name-but only two women".

Hayek has been very vocal about the #MeToo movement and the fight for gender equality.

"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. But she also had a warning for these women: "they still want to pay you the exploitative salary they paid you before". "It worked. And I think we should enjoy it".

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

In December, Hayek joined the list of more than 40 women who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Hayek argued that Weinstein singled out Nyong'o and herself because they are women of colour, while most of the accusers were not.

Unless they made sacrifices, she said, "it is going to be hard for equality".

Hayek said her production company was having trouble keeping up with the demand for female writers and directors.

"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise [.] We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination and progress".

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