Cannes: Salma Hayek says change has 'already happened'

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

"It's going to take a while", she said, when asked about pay disparity.

"If the movie's budget is $10m, the actor has to understand that if he is making $9.7m, it is going to be hard for equality".

While Weinstein had largely avoided directly responding to the allegations from many actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delevingne, and Angelina Jolie, Hayek explained she thought he singled her and Nyong'o out for response because, as women of color, "We are the easiest to get discredited", as she said at Variety's Women in Motion panel, crediting the strategy to Weinstein's legal team.

"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. In the piece, she describes the emotional abuse to which Weinstein subjected her throughout the filmmaking process, proposing that it was her friendship with Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan, as well as with Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney, that "saved me from being raped".

The men are terrified.

"You feel this very palpable atmosphere".

Women were "jumping from the writers' room to being show runners" on television series.

"We should have been angrier sooner", she said. "We should have come together sooner - that is what did it", Hayek, who was nominated for an Oscar for Frida, told reporters. Later on, he even denied allegations by N'yongo, who said Weinstein sexually harassed her in 2011 when she was still a student at Yale University.

The disgraced mogul contested her claim, with Hayek insisting it was part of a ploy by his lawyers to try to discredit the "women of colour who complained about him". It is a proven fact unfortunately.

The Desperado and Frida star said her fellow actresses should be "both impatient and patient and continue the pressure" against gender inequality.

"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.

"A lot of attractive peaceful men have been the victims of the bullying of men who think that the identity of a man has to do with violence", the actress added.

The 51 year old said the protest, against female underrepresentation at Cannes and beyond, had been "very a woman [who] has had to go through all the struggles that all women have to go through".



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