Women should have got angrier sooner: Hayek

Cannes 2018: Hayek calls on male stars to take pay cuts

Hayek - best known for "Desperado" and indie hit "Beatriz at Dinner" - had accused mogul Harvey Weinstein of threatening to "break my kneecaps" after she spurned his advances on the set of her film "Frida".

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. "The prestigious Palme d'Or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors-too numerous to mention by name-but only two women". "It was a strategy by the lawyers because 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", Hayek told Variety during Women In Motion panel discussion at Cannes. "Otherwise they will kill the movie". "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. Some male actors make such high salaries that movie producers would not be able to afford paying women the same amount, she said.

Hayek isn't the only one calling for men to take a pay cut.

Some are skeptical that reducing men's pay is the way to gender parity, saying that in most industries, the pay gap emerges when men get high-skilled jobs and when women take time away from the job market to have children.

"We are 82 women, representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes film festival in 1946", Cate Blanchett read from a statement on behalf of the collective.

During a career talk at the festival, she also said the current backlash against sexual harassment in the film industry meant "men are terrified". The predators are hiding.

"When you start seeing people standing up for their rights and being heard, it becomes contagious", she said.

Equal pay isn't just about paying women more, according to Salma Hayek; it may be about men getting paid less. "We should have come together, because that's what's made the difference, we should have come together sooner". "You feel this very palpable atmosphere", she concluded.

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