Salma Hayek states Hollywood's male stars should take a pay cut

Dwayne Harmon
May 15, 2018

Salma Hayek thinks Harvey Weinstein only responded to her sexual harassment claims because women of colour are "the easiest to get discredited".

According to Hayek, however, it is not just women who have suffered as a outcome of powerful men abusing their positions.

Hayek is the second prominent actress to take part in a Women in Motion discussion at the Cannes Film Festival.

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.

Hayek said much work still needs to be done, particularly on the issue of equal pay.

"He only responded to two women, to women of color", Hayek told Vanity Fair at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

"The actors have to say: 'OK, time's up".

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Hayek - who has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements - then called "time's up" on the entertainment industry's wage gap. Now is the time for female film makers to show audiences and industry leaders, "look what you were missing all this time", she said. "Otherwise they will kill the movie".

"We couldn't have done it without a few good men, like my husband", she said, adding that it was "so sexy and unnerving when he comes up with ideas that I should have. So he went back, attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us".

The 51-year-old actress came forward last year as one of over 50 women to place misconduct allegations against the disgraced producer, and her claims were met with a denial from Weinstein himself.

"We should have been angrier soon".

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.

Hayek said it was hard to hire known female writers and directors in the United States now, as studios are snapping them up trying to catch up with the public mood. "Men have the opportunity, which is so lovely, to rethink what does it mean to be a man", she said.

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