Women should have got angrier sooner: Hayek

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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. More than angrier, because I think we were already angry.

Hayek repeatedly expressed hope that the Me Too movement will offer a chance for men to reexamine their own roles, both in the film industry, and in society as a whole. It is a well-known fact that if you are a woman of colour, people believe you less.

Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry.

Salma is one of many actresses who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment or assault against producer Harvey Weinstein past year (17), and added during the talk that she wished they had gone public with their stories earlier, because change is already happening in Hollywood as a result of actresses joining forces.

While Weinstein and his team issued generic denials of many women's accusations, Hayek's and Nyong'o's allegations were among the small handful they addressed by name. But she said the #MeToo movement also is a great time for men "to rethink what it means to be a man".

"It's a very exciting time for men now".

The gender pay gap, however, will take far longer to close, Hayek said. "It is happening", she said.

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

"It was a strategy by the lawyers, because we are the easiest to get discredited", Hayek said.

Hayek isn't the only one calling for men to take a pay cut.

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.

"I can't find enough female writers and directors", Hayek said. 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". "So he went back attacking the two women of color, in hopes of discrediting. if he could discredit us, which would be easier for the audience, the readers, to not believe us, he could then maybe discredit the rest".

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

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