Bardot attacks actresses who denounce sexual harassment
„Hypocritical, ridiculous, uninteresting“: Brigitte Bardot Wednesday criticized the denunciation of sexual harassment by actresses, while another icon of French cinema, Catherine Deneuve, had already taken the opposite of the movement born of the affair Weinstein.
Asked by Paris Match about the actresses who reported cases of sexual harassment, BB (83) replied: „Regarding actresses, and not women in general, it is, in the vast majority of cases, hypocritical, ridiculous, without This takes the place of important topics that could be discussed. “
Bardot, who became a star and a sex symbol in the 1950s, also claims to have „never been a victim of sexual harassment“. „And I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a nice little ass.This kind of compliment is nice,“ says the one who abruptly gave up his film career in the early 1970s to devote to the protection of animals.
Bardot, however, believes that „there are a lot of actresses who make the naughty with the producers to get a role.Then, to talk about them, they come to tell that they were harassed … In reality, rather than benefiting them, it hurts them „.
Caroline De Haas, feminist activist in Paris on May 12, 2017.
On the social networks, the reaction of the feminists was immediate: „Contest of who will say the biggest enormity: Brigitte Bardot enters the competition“, tweeted Caroline de Haas.
– ‚Freedom to annoy‘ –
In October, the revelation of alleged sexual harassment and rape by producer Harvey Weinstein sparked a boom in the world of film, which quickly spread to other sectors, driven by hashtags #Metoo and #Balancetonporc „.
In Hollywood, several celebrities, including actors Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman and Jeffrey Tambor, producers and filmmakers Brett Ratner and John Lasseter, have also been implicated.
In early January, more than 300 actresses, scriptwriters and stage directors launched the Time’s Up project (which is finished) and a fund to fight against sexual harassment at work, which is also funded by actors.
Catherine Deneuve, December 9, 2017 in Monaco
In France, a hundred women, including Catherine Deneuve, have gone against this trend by signing a platform where they defend „a freedom to importuner, essential to sexual freedom“ and worry about „a feminism who takes the face of a hatred of men and sexuality „.
This text, combined with what was said by some of the signatories, such as the radio host and former porn star Brigitte Lahaie who said we could „enjoy during a rape“, have elicited many reactions, some very critical , in France and abroad.
Attention has focused in particular on Deneuve, the best known of all the signatories. The actress had already attracted the wrath of feminists for defending the filmmaker Roman Polanski, accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, which he denies, even though he admitted to having sex with a minor .
The actress ended up apologizing to „victims of heinous acts that may have felt aggrieved by this platform,“ without denying the platform.
This is not the first time that Brigitte Bardot makes remarks likely to be controversial. She attacked homosexuals, Muslims and was sentenced five times for incitement to racial hatred.