French actress Brigitte Bardot has spoken out against the #MeToo movement, calling women who have exposed sexual harassment in Hollywood “hypocritical, ridiculous and uninteresting.”
In an interview with French magazine Paris Match, Bardot said women are only harming themselves by speaking out against sexual harassment.
Bardot said she’s never been a victim of sexual harassment and that she liked the attention she was given by her male colleagues.
“I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a pretty little ass,” she said. “This kind of compliment is nice.”
Bardot is the second high-profile French actress to speak out against the #MeToo movement in Hollywood.
She apologized “to all the victims of these hideous acts who might have felt assaulted by the letter.”
The actress went on to explain her reasoning behind signing the controversial letter, asserting that there was nothing that stated, “anything good about harassment, otherwise I wouldn’t have signed it.”
This doesn’t mark the first time Bardot has garnered controversy for her remarks. In 2008, the former French screen siren was fined nearly $25,000 after being convicted of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying her country. Bardot, an ardent animal-rights activist, had written a letter in December 2006 to the then-Interior Minister (and later, President) Nicolas Sarkozy in which she criticized the Muslim festival of Aid el-Kebir, which reportedly is celebrated by slaughtering sheep. In the letter, she wrote that France is “tired of being led by the nose by this population that is destroying us, destroying our country by imposing its acts.”
Bardot’s controversial comments and Denueve’s apology comes as the Time’s Up movement continues to grow. With more than 300 figures in the entertainment industry signed on (including Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera and Nicole Kidman), the initiative aims to fight sexual harassment, assault and inequality for women in all kinds of workplaces.
To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.
It has raised more than $15 million for a legal defense fund for people who have experienced workplace harassment, and featured prominently at the Golden Globes ceremony.