Salma Hayek offers a solution to the gender pay gap

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

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Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek, a vocal campaigner against sexual harassment in the movie industry, says male stars should get less pay as a way to even things up with chronically underpaid women.

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

The prestigious Cannes festival has come under criticism for failing to showcase more films by women directors.

(Dunya News) - Dozens of women film stars have held a protest at the Cannes film festival against gender-based discrimination in the industry.

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"If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses". "It is a well-known fact that if you are a woman of color, people believe in you less and believe what you say less".

While he was producing the 2002 film "Frida", in which Hayek starred, Weinstein insisted that she add an unscripted sex scene with another woman, complete with full-frontal nudity. But she also had a warning for these women: "they still want to pay you the exploitative salary they paid you before".

The actress said of herself and Nyong'o, who accused Weinstein of sexually harassing her back in 2011: "We are the easiest to get discredited".

"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".

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The 51-year-old actress has spoken about Hollywood's gender pay gap during a Women in Motion talk at the Cannes Film Festival, where she called on her male co-stars to take a proactive approach towards the problem. "So he went attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us, he could then maybe discredit the rest".

"We should have been angrier sooner", she said.

Hayek also claimed that if there hadn't been as many allegations made against Weinstein, people would have accepted his denial of her accusations. But she said the #MeToo movement also is a great time for men "to rethink what it means to be a man".

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