Cannes 2018: Female stars protest on red carpet for equal rights

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"You feel it. It's a very palpable atmosphere". "If the movie's budget is $10 million, the [male] actor has to understand that if he is making $9.7m, it is going to be hard for equality", Hayek added.

Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek, a vocal campaigner against sexual harassment in the movie industry, says male stars should get less pay as a way to even things up with chronically underpaid women.

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 hopes that the #MeToo movement will offer a chance to men to re-examine their own roles, both in the film industry, and in society as a whole.

Hayek also remarked on her allegation of sexual harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed in December. "It worked. And I think we should enjoy it". "So, he went attacking the two women of colour, in hopes that if he could discredit us, he could then maybe discredit the rest", Hayek told Variety during Women In Motion panel discussion at Cannes.

Other women taking part included Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, Marion Cotillard, Salma Hayek, and Patty Jenkins. The actress-producer said she's sold four TV shows about women this year.

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She said they had also targeted the testimony of "Black Panther" star Lupita Nyong'o knowing that "women of colour are believed less".

"This is a new era for men", Hayek said.

In a lengthy statement, Weinstein apologised for his "boorish behavior" following a screening of "Frida" but claimed he never fought with Hayek on set and didn't recall some of her allegations.

"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise [.] We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination and progress".

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Hayek argued that Weinstein singled out Nyong'o and herself because they are women of colour, while most of the accusers were not.

In the wake of the scandals that have followed Weinstein's downfall, Hayek said men in Hollywood "are terrified" and that "predators are hiding". Because men have the opportunity to rethink what it means to be a man, and this comes with a lot of freedom.

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