French Film Legend Brigitte Bardot Slams "Hypocritical and Ridiculous" #MeToo Movement
The '60s screen siren suggested that actresses were courting attention with their allegations.
Brigitte Bardot attacked the #MeToo movement, calling it "hypocritical and ridiculous" and suggesting that some of the allegations are from women courting publicity.
In an interview with Paris Match magazine translated by France 24, the 83-year-old French film icon, who became a worldwide sex symbol for the 1956 film And God Created Woman, said that "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."
She added that the "vast majority are being hypocritical and ridiculous."
Speaking about her own experiences, Bardot claims she "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."
Bardot, who spends much of her time and energy these days fighting for animal rights, is no stranger to controversial comments. An avowed supporter of Marine Le Pen, leader of the anti-immigrant French far-right National Front party, Bardot has also been fined five times for inciting racial hatred over repeated derogatory comments about Islam and Muslims.
Bardot's comments come soon after another French screen legend, Catherine Deneuve, was pilloried for her criticisms of the #MeToo movement. Deneuve, 74, along with 100 other prominent French women, signed an open letter published in Le Monde that suggested that #MeToo had become "puritanical" and a "witch hunt" against men.
After a furious global backlash, Deneuve penned a letter of apology in Liberation newspaper. Deneuve wrote, "I fraternally salute all the victims of odious acts that may have felt aggrieved by this letter published in Le Monde. It is to them and to them alone that I apologize."