Almost 100 prominent French women have called the #MeToo movement a “witch hunt” against men and they all signed on it.
The iconic French actress Brigitte Bardot decided to weigh in with her own thoughts on the matter. Rather than joining the ranks, she slammed the majority of women who have come forward with their stories of sexual harassment.
“The vast majority are being hypocritical and ridiculous.”
The 83-year-old actress also noted that “lots of actresses try to play the tease with producers to get a role. And then, so we will talk about them, they say they were harassed . . . I was never the victim of sexual harassment. And I found it charming when men told me that I was beautiful or I had a nice little backside.”
Bardot has her fair share of controversial and harmful opinions and she has been known to provoke discrimination and racial hatred again the Muslim community in her country.
These last few months, many actresses came forward by raising their voice against the unequal power dynamic in the film industry.
In a recent piece for The Hollywood Reporter, Ellen Pompeo summed the problem very well, saying that she batted her eyelashes and tried to charm the now-disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein when they met for the first time. She claimed that it was all part of a disgusting tradition for aspiring stars:
You think, ‘Not only do I have to show that I’m a good actress, but that director also has to in some way fall in love with me and at least become enamored with me.’ That never felt right or good to me.
Many of the women who have come forward with similar claims against Weinstein were previously told that he would consider offering them roles in exchange for “inappropriate” favors.
Bardot’s comments came in less than a week after 100 French women shared their controversial stance on the #MeToo Movement.
Rape is a crime but insistent or clumsy flirting is not, nor is gallantry a macho aggression,” the letter read. “Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss.
The letter was signed by many French stars including Catherine Deneuve, who suddenly had a change of heart and published a letter in the newspaper Liberation. In which she apologized to all the victims of sexual harassment:
I fraternally salute all women victims of odious acts who may have felt aggrieved by the letter in Le Monde,” she wrote. “It is to them and them alone, that I offer my apologies.
Deneuve also wanted to distance herself from some of the original letter supporters:
She also distanced herself more broadly from some of the supporters of the original letter:
That is why I would like to say to conservatives, racists, and traditionalists of all shades who decided it was strategic to give me their support that I am no dupe. They will have neither my gratitude nor my friendship. To the contrary, I am a liberated woman and I will stay that way.