Hollywood star Salma Hayek, one of the innumerable women who came forward last year to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, believes disgraced producer only responded to her and Lupita Nyongo’s claims because women of colour are the easiest to get discredited.
The producer issued denials following Hayek and Nyongo’s revelations, while he had not responded to dozens of other women who had shared their stories. “He only responded to two women, two women of colour. It was a strategy by the lawyers, because we are the easiest to get discredited. It is a well-known fact, if you are a woman of colour, people believe what you say less. 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. The actor believes Weinstein had cast a long shadow over the industry. “The men are terrified. The predators are hiding,” she said. But she feels, “It’s a very exciting time for men now. Men have the opportunity, which is so beautiful, to rethink what does it mean to be a man.”