Jacques Audiard, Swann Arlaud, Benjamin Stora… A hundred men from cinema, theatre, books in support of #MeToo

 

Published on the magazine’s website Shethis forum was initiated by the mathematician Michel Broué, a companion of the actress Anouk Grinberg, who condemned the laxity and blindness of the seventh art towards Gérard Depardieu.

“It is disgusting that theater and cinema serve as a cover for abuses that have nothing to do with art.” : The MeToo movement is supported by around a hundred men from the world of culture, including director Jacques Audiard. The column, published on Tuesday on the magazine’s website Shewas initiated by the mathematician Michel Broué, an associate of Anouk Grinberg.

“In the years since the #MeToo revolution spread, we’ve come to understand how men’s behavior, once considered harmless, has been experienced by women for what it was: abuse”they write in the text.

The actors Reda Kateb, Swann Arlaud, Mathieu Amalric, directors Jacques Audiard (whose film Emilia Perez will compete in Cannes) and Emmanuel Mouret, directors Alain Françon, Thomas Jolly (also artistic director of ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris), historian Benjamin Stora, journalist Edwy Plenel…

“Contrary to what we sometimes read, we don’t think we are ‘attacking men’. The practice of equality is desirable, it does not take away liberty or pleasure, but increases it; beautifies relationships,” they express Before adding: “We refuse to recognize ourselves in this hegemonic masculinity. For example, the need to reserve tenderness and care for the female sex is absurd: a man cries, a man loves, a man can be angry.”

For the signatory, “It is disgusting that theater and cinema serve as a cover for abuses that have nothing to do with art”. Equally,”it is repugnant to use one’s prestige, whatever it may be, to abuse the admiration it inspires.’. At stake according to them: “Save more than half of humanity from serious attacks.

The film industry has been rocked for several months by allegations of sexual violence that have allegedly been going on for years. Actress Judith Godrèche pioneered the movement after filing a complaint in early February against directors Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon for sexual and physical violence dating back to her teenage years, which the latter denies.

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