The French actress in Monaco December 9, 2017
Catherine Deneuve, signatory of a forum on the „freedom to importuner“ at the origin of a controversy inflamed in France and abroad, said to assume this text while apologizing to „only“ victims of aggression.
„I greet fraternally all the victims of odious acts that may have felt aggrieved by this forum published in the World, it is up to them and alone that I apologize“, writes the actress in a letter published by the daily Libération on its website.
The tribune published Tuesday in Le Monde defends „freedom to annoy“ for men, considering it „indispensable to sexual freedom“ against the current momentum born of the Weinstein affair. If the text was signed by a hundred women, it is the most famous of its signatories who concentrated the critics.
„Catherine Deneuve and other French women tell the world how their internalized misogyny has lobotomized them to the point of no return,“ notably lashed actress Asia Argento, who accused the American producer Harvey Weinstein of having raped her.
„I actually signed the petition (…) Yes, I love freedom I do not like this characteristic of our time where everyone feels the right to judge, to arbitrate, to condemn“, explains Catherine Deneuve, who speaks for the first time since the publication of the tribune.
„A time when simple denunciations on social networks generate punishment, resignation, and sometimes and often media lynching. (…) I do not excuse anything.I do not decide on the guilt of these men because I am not qualified for And few are, „she continues.
„There are, I am not candid, many more men who are subject to these behaviors than women, but how is this hashtag (#Balancetonporc, ed) not an invitation to the denouncement?“ she wonders, also worrying about the „danger of cleansing in the arts“.
„Are we going to burn Sade in a Pleiade? Designate Leonardo da Vinci as a pedophile artist and erase his canvases, unhook Gauguin from the museums, destroy the drawings of Egon Schiele, forbid Phil Spector’s records, this climate of censorship. leave speechless and worried about the future of our societies „.
Before this rostrum, the actress had already attracted the wrath of feminists by supporting Roman Polanski, accused of rape, a director with whom she shot „Repulsion“.
-‚I’m not fooled‘-
Recalling her feminist commitment at the time of the signature of the manifesto of „343 sluts“, claiming in 1971 an abortion then criminalized, Deneuve dissociates herself from comments made by some of its co-signatories: „Say on a TV channel that ‚can be enjoyed during a rape is worse than a spitting in the face of all those who have suffered this crime,‘ she said in reference to statements of the radio host and former porn star Brigitte Lahaie .
„Obviously nothing in the text claims that the harassment is good, otherwise I would not have signed,“ said Deneuve, who says he has been during his career „witnessing more than delicate situations“.
But for her, „the solution will come from the education of our boys and girls, but also possibly protocols in companies, which induce that if there is harassment, prosecutions are immediately committed“, because she believes “ in justice „.
The editors of the tribune co-signed by actress Sarah Chiche, Catherine Millet, Catherine Robbe-Grillet, Peggy Sastre and Abnousse Shalmani, welcomed the text of Catherine Deneuve, who „reaffirms the need to preserve sexual freedom and fight the media lynching „and emphasizes that their platform“ does not claim that harassment is good „.
Deneuve’s answer, expected this Monday in Angers (west) at the festival „Premiers Plans“, where she chairs the jury, was awaited after the many reactions this week in France and abroad.
In France, the platform was criticized by feminist activists and political figures.
In Italy, former head of government Silvio Berlusconi, whose taste for young women has earned him involvement in a minor prostitution case, has on the contrary welcomed the text.
„I would like to say to conservatives, racists and traditionalists of all kinds who have found it strategic to give me their support that I am not fooled, they will have neither my gratitude nor my friendship, on the contrary“, writes the actress Sunday.
Le Monde also justified this weekend in its columns the publication of the tribune, in the name of the „defense of pluralism of ideas.“
Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood at the Frankfurt Book Fair October 15, 2017
Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, author of „The Scarlet Servant“, also spoke on Sunday after she came up with strong criticism after a column in which she argued that the #Metoo movement is a reflection of a justice that does not work.
Catherine Deneuve in New York on December 30, 2017
„The condemnation without trial is the beginning of the response to a lack of justice, the system is corrupt as in the pre-revolutionary period in France, or there simply is not like the Far West then the people take things into their own hands, „she wrote.