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French actress Catherine Deneuve has signed an open letter calling Hollywood’s response to the recent wave of sexual harassment scandals a “witch-hunt” against men.
The letter claims that the ongoing sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood are threatening “sexual liberty” and taking on a “hatred of men” mentality.
“What began as freeing women up to speak has today turned into the opposite – we intimidate people into speaking ‘correctly’, shout down those who don’t fall into line, and those women who refused to bend [to the new realities] are regarded as complicit and traitors,” the letter reads. “Instead of helping women this frenzy to send these (male chauvinist) ‘pigs’ to the abattoir actually helps the enemies of sexual liberty – religious extremists and the worst sort of reactionaries.”
The controversial letter comes as the Time’s Up movement continues to grow. With more than 300 figures in the entertainment industry signed on (including Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera and Nicole Kidman), the initiative aims to fight sexual harassment, assault and inequality for women in all kinds of workplaces.
The letter insisted women are “sufficiently aware that the sexual urge is by its nature wild and aggressive. But we are also clear-eyed enough not to confuse an awkward attempt to pick someone up with a sexual attack.”
The letter, signed by nearly 100 actresses, writers, and academics and published in the French newspaper Le Monde, slams the #MeToo anti-harassment movement for forcing a “wave of purification.”