Salma Hayek speaks up about sexism in Hollywood

Movie industry, listen up

By Liz Bautista | Published: 21 May 2015

Salma on sexism
Photo: Festival De Cannes

Salma Hayek joined in the discussion about gender inequality in Hollywood last Saturday in an event co-hosted by Variety and U.N. Women's HeForShe campaign in Cannes. "Cinema has been undermining women's intelligence for a long time," Salma told the panel moderated by Variety co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller and U.N. Women head Elizabeth Nyamayaro.

"For a long time they thought the only thing we were interested in seeing were romantic comedies. They don’t see us as a powerful economic force, which is an incredible ignorance," The Tale of Tales actress said. She also noted that the only kind of film genre in which women earn more than men is porn.

Salma also urged women, who make up 50 per cent of tickets sold, to exercise their strength in numbers. "Look, we cannot stand as victims and say they are not looking at us," she said. Salma has made really good points and we hope that the movie industry will finally listen.

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