Melissa McCarthy isn’t the only fierce female star speaking truth to stupid sexist power. At the Cannes Film Festival, Salma Hayek used a panel discussion to crack open the conversation on gender discrimination in Hollywood.
Women and Hollywood reports Hayek said, “The only two industries where women make more money than men is fashion and pornography and in those we are treated as sexual objects. This is an ignorant way of looking at who we are.”
But she focused on how the power in Hollywood really lies in the consumer, how movies like The Hunger Games are showing execs and financiers the hunger audiences have for compelling female-driven narratives. She also took a moment to marvel that studios lamenting the decline in theater attendance haven’t realized how this might connect with their content.
“Movies are in trouble because we don’t want to see their movies,” Hayek declared. “We lost the beautiful love for the ritual of going to the movies because we now watch content on tv because they abandoned us. They don’t know what we want…We evolved, they didn’t. We are smarter than the chick flicks and romantic comedies they want to sell us.”
She also shared a string of stories about the jaw-dropping prejudice she’s faced, including the time a producer told her, “We can’t take the risk of you opening your mouth and people thinking of their maids. You could have been a big star but you were born in the wrong country.”
But like McCarthy, Hayek refuses to let pieces of shit like that get her down.
“I am Mexican. I am a woman. I am 48. I am at the bottom in Hollywood but I am working more than ever. I have never been embraced by the studio, I was always outside the system.” She is Salma Hayek. Hear her roar, motherfuckers.
Kristy Puchko should probably get around to watching Everly…