As much of the world appears to be taking a stand against sexual harassment, especially in Hollywood, some people have an entirely different opinion of the movement. Among them is French actress, Catherine Deneuve.
Long hailed as a sex symbol, Deneuve could easily be among the chorus of voices claiming to be objectified and marginalized but, instead, she’s signed an open letter calling the movement a “witch-hunt” against men.
Slamming the #MeToo momentum, Deneuve, along with nearly 100 actresses, writers, and academics penned their names to the document that said: “Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not – nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack. 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.”
Published in the French newspaper Le Monde, the letter goes on to say that the scandals are threatening “sexual liberty” and taking on a “hatred of men” mentality before adding:
“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. 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.”
Further, the letter insists that women should not automatically be labelled victims and 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.”
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. So far, it has raised more than $15 million for a legal defense fund for people who have experienced workplace harassment.