French film legend Brigitte Bardot slams the #MeToo movement in an interview saying the accused alleged sexual assault victims of seek publicity.
The 83-year-old actress, who was considered a sex symbol at the height of her popularity in the 1950s, said women are “being hypocritical and ridiculous.”
In an interview with French magazine, Paris Match, Bardot said “Lots of actresses try to play the tease with producers to get a role. And then, so we will talk about them, they say they were harassed,”.
“I was never the victim of sexual harassment. And I found it charming when men told me that I was beautiful, or I had a nice little backside” she said.
In 1973 the actress retired from acting to focus on animal rights, however she also made a name for herself and came out as a supporter of France's far-right National Front and its leader, Marine Le Pen.
Bardot comments have landed her in hot water with the law she has been fined five times for inciting racial hatred with derogatory comments about Islam and Muslims.
The actresses’ comments follow an open letter from 100 French women, including actress Catherine Deneuve, who is against the movement, which has increased as a wave of sexual misconduct claims shook Hollywood.
In the letter she wrote “Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or back-handedly, is not — nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack,”.
She also said, “Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss.”
Deneuve later retracted her statements, apologizing to “all victims of odious acts who may have felt offended.”
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