With the latest accusation of sexual misbehavior regarding comedian Aziz Ansari dividing feminists, the #MeToo movement seems to have hit a snag.
Although American entertainers have on the whole been very supportive of calling out sexually predatory behavior, several French actresses have found fault with the movement.
In a recent interview in the Paris Match, legendary French actress Brigitte Bardot railed against #MeToo movement and charged it with hypocrisy. As Variety reports, the 83-year-old actress wrote off the majority of complaints coming from Hollywood actresses as “hypocritical, ridiculous, without interest.”
Bardot, who was a sexual icon in the 1960s, feels that focusing on these complaints diminishes other “important themes that could be discussed.”
The star of “And God Made Woman” and “Contempt” maintains that she was never a victim of sexual harassment. Furthermore, she seems to enjoy what some actresses have complained about. “I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a nice little a**,” Bardot remarked. “This kind of compliment is nice.”
Bardot goes on to place much of the blame on actresses who she says might “come on” to producers in order to secure roles, and then later go on to claim sexual harassment.
Fellow French actress Catherine Deneuve has voiced similar concerns regarding the #MeToo movement and its French equivalent #Balancetonporc (which translates to: Call out your pig).
As Sky News reports, Deneuve feels that legitimate protests against the sexual violence that women are subject to have turned into a “‘witch-hunt.”
The actress joined a group of 100 French female writers, performers and academics in signing an open letter denouncing the movements.
The letter, published by the French newspaper Le Monde, says: “Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or clumsily, is not – nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack.”