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

Salma Hayek says Harvey Weinstein specifically denied her Lupita Nyong’o’s allegations because they’re women of color

Hayek is one of a raft of actresses who have made sexual misconduct allegations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The initiative has been taken up by French gender equality movement 5050x2020 that aims to highlight the hurdles that women have to cross to be able to climb up the professional and social ladder in the film industry.

The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival's seven-decade history.

Her refusals of massages, showers and sex enraged him, she wrote, adding: "I don't think he hated anything more than the word "no".

Salma Hayek (right) called Harvey Weinstein "my monster" in an essay a year ago where she detailed alleged abuse at the hand of the movie mogul on the 2002 set of "Frida". It is a well-known fact that if you are a woman of colour people believe in you less and believe what you say less. "Ask what women are paid, and say, 'If she's not paid the same as the men, I'm not doing it'". She also said that male stars should get less pay as way to even things up with chronically underpaid women.

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

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"The men are terrified", she said. "It is happening", she said.

At Cannes 2018, there are only three women filmmakers out of a total 21, which led to a protest and festival director Thierry Fremaux said that the festival would look to select more films directed by female filmmakers in the future.

Hayek isn't the only one calling for men to take a pay cut. "If it's centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects".

She counseled young women working in film to find a way to channel their frustrations about inequality and sexual harassment in the workplace by taking "what would become anger, indignation, humiliation and turn that into productivity".

"He only responded to two women, two women of color", Hayek said, referencing another statement Weinstein issued against Lupita Nyong'o. Regarding Hayek, the mogul's spokesperson said, "all of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired".

Looking at the way the movement has galvanized men and women to work toward a common solution, she said, "It's exciting, because it's something that we are doing together".

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