Salma Hayek continues to be one of the most outspoken voices against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Back in December, Hayek penned a chilling New York Times op-ed revealing that while she worked on the 2002 film Frida, Weinstein continually attempted to have sexual relations with her, emotionally and psychologically abused her, and even threatened her life. In October, Lupita Nyong’o wrote a similar New York Times op-ed about Weinstein, detailing her own accusations against him.
Weinstein publicy responded to both Hayek and Nyong’o’s op-eds with statements discrediting their claims. While Weinstein has denied many allegations of sexual misconduct, he’s called out very few of his accusers so specifically like he did Hayek and Nyong’o. And on Sunday, May 13th, during the Women In Motion panel at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Hayek spoke about why she thinks it has to do with race.
“We are the easiest to get discredited,” Hayek said during the panel. “It is a well-known fact. So he went back, attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us.”
Hayek also spoke about the women’s march that took place at Cannes.
On Saturday, May 12th, Cannes jury president Cate Blanchett led a women’s march on the Cannes red carpet. Eighty-two writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, editors, agents, and more marched up the steps of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès hand in hand, representing the very low number of female directors who have climbed the stairs in the festival’s history.
We’re grateful to Hayek, Nyong’o, and all women for continuing to fight for what’s right.