Salma Hayek calls for male stars to take pay cuts for equality

Salma Hayek calls for male stars to take pay cuts for equality

Salma Hayek calls for male stars to take pay cuts for equality

In a conversation that was part of the "Women in Motion" talk series at Cannes, Hayek said her production company is having trouble keeping up with the demand for female writers and directors.

The producer has denied all allegations of "non-consensual sex" and has disputed Hayek's account.

Hayek is one of a raft of actresses who have made sexual misconduct allegations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The actress said of herself and Nyong'o, who accused Weinstein of sexually harassing her back in 2011: "We are the easiest to get discredited". "It is a well-known fact. So he went attacking the two women of colour, in hopes that if he could discredit us, he could then maybe discredit the rest". But she also had a warning for these women: "they still want to pay you the exploitative salary they paid you before". "I hope that adding my voice to the chorus of those who are finally speaking out will shed light on why it is so hard, and why so many of us have waited so long", she wrote.

The issue of equality has been a running theme throughout the Cannes film festival, which is the first to take place since sexual harassment allegations against some major Hollywood players surfaced previous year.

The Mexican actress who has been a leading voice in the #MeToo movement said, "It is not just the producers" who will have to change,"It is actors too". "Ask what women are paid, and say, 'If she's not paid the same as the men, I'm not doing it'". "The predators are hiding and terrified".

"When you start seeing people standing up for their rights and being heard, it becomes contagious", she said. "You feel it. It's a very palpable atmosphere", she added.

"Personally, as a woman that has been part of this community and has had to go through the struggles that all women have had to go through, it's an important step to see this happen", she said. "This is a new era for men", Hayek said. "We should have come together sooner - that is what did it", Hayek, who was nominated for an Oscar for "Frida", told reporters. "Men have the opportunity, which is so attractive, to rethink what does it mean to be a man".

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