Cannes, Where Weinstein Reigned, Reckons With #MeToo Fallout

The festival has set up a harassment hotline, issued warnings and held a red-carpet rally, but it is also being criticized for a dearth of female filmmakers.

Comments: 93

  1. Weinstein needs to be in jail like the Bill Cosby . Instead he is out where he just should not be allowed. I hope his trial will come and soon.

  2. If the average man on the street did what he did, he'd be staying at the Grey Bar Hotel, not some fancy resort rehab in AZ.

  3. Good for the women - and men - who are standing up for an end to the ridiculous premise that women are somehow "less than" other human beings. Brought to you by the celibate/gay men of the catholic church who are doing nothing to further humanity. My daughters, granddaughter and I participated in the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017, along with over 5 MILLION women and supporters around the world. #MeToo was one result. Black Lives Matter gained steam after the Women's March. The Student's March was a result of the Women's March. It shows what we can do if we stick together and keep marching, protesting, demonstrating and every other non-violent action to stop the Robber Barons who are itching for WW3. For Mother's Day this year I got all of us the book, "Why We March" with photos of signs and demonstrations around the world to remind us that the fight must go on until the antiquated men-are-better mantra is thrown on the dust heap of HIStory. Here is a link to the book at Barnes and Noble. All royalties go to Planned Parenthood. It's a great investment that chronicles the beginning of the end of the male death-destruction-hate-anger-fear-supremacy idea that has ruled OUR world. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/why-we-march-artisan/1125621447;jsessio...

  4. White, wealthy and western women - the most oppressed group on Earth.

  5. "Brought to you by the celibate/gay men of the catholic church who are doing nothing to further humanity." And just what is that supposed to mean?

  6. The management of Cannes could start with abolishing that ridiculous "no flats" rule for women on the red carpet. It would not be a substantive sign - but keeping it surely makes it hard to take their support of #MeToo seriously.

  7. High heels are the "bound feet" of the present era. Linking arms but doing it in high heels looks absurd. It's rare for me to ever see a woman in heels anymore and I live in a affluent area of a large city. Men in ties is pretty passe too.

  8. Yeah, you beat me to it. I was going to comment that I remember the controversy about some actress wanting to wear flats a few years ago and really couldn’t believe it. Even without the #metoo movement or any kind of gender inequality in the industry, this is such an antiquated, insulting, and just plain absurd rule. But it kind of says it all I think. Bound feet anyone?

  9. I bet some man made up that rule. I'd pay to see them wear 4"+ heels for hours on end. They'd last 5 minutes.

  10. Making it a female thing again. You think men want to wear bow-ties? How about a cummerbund? She didn't have to wear such high, uncomfortable shoes. Heck she didn't have to go if she didn't like the dress code. It's like showing up at a wedding in jeans. How rude, and disrespectful. This woman drives me crazy, and she can't act.

  11. Oh yes she can act!

  12. Who exactly are you talking about?

  13. "“Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise,” Ms. Blanchett told the crowd in a message that was read out in French by the filmmaker Agnès Varda. .........' KATE, Oh, PUHLEEZE, You get there by being among the "VERY BEST", not by what is in your knickers. This whole business is really getting out of hand. Keep ability separate from how men are . Pretty soon, we'll be having a new period where every film maker gets a trophy. I'm sorry I just...... Cannes't help it.

  14. What if you actually are the very best but you never got a chance because you couldn’t get the backing or the funding...because you aren’t a white guy? Comments like yours are proof that you guys absolutely do not get it.

  15. It is about time the collective voices of women are being heard. Many of us, myself included have experienced unwelcome lewd attention and physical assault perpetrated by men. I say enough is enough. I don’t want my young niece or any woman to experience what I did. It’s time for men to act respectively and responsibly. It’s simple really! Don’t take what hasn’t been offered to you. Teach your sons to respect all women not just their mothers and sisters. And to the men who always behave respectfully, I say thank you!

  16. This is an offensive paragraph, and it should be cut from the article: “While he was absent this year, the sexualized atmosphere of his heyday remains. Outside the festival’s seafront headquarters, young women in hot pants roller skate around distributing copies of a fashion magazine. Aspiring actresses appear on and off the red carpet in see-through or low-cut dresses in the hopes of attracting the attention of male producers, directors, talent scouts and photographers.”

  17. So you think the plain truth is an offense?? Or is it "offensive" to state the plain truth?

  18. Why do you think it is offensive, and why should it be cut?

  19. I nominate you for the head of journalistic censorship. And yes, it may be disheartening but it's all too true. Living in LA the streets are littered with young beautiful scantily clad women. It's of course their right to do so without harassment but until you neuter all the men there will be dogs roaming the streets. If you want to blame all of this on men (we are very guilty) then there will never be a fix.

  20. But let's not kid ourselves and others, these traditionally ugly casting couches are still standard furniture items, just that new slip-covers are flame & stain proof now

  21. I hope we never see a day when films are selected for festivals based on the gender, color or sexuality of the director. The best films are the best films, end of story, and it shouldn't matter who made them.

  22. You're missing the point. "The best films" is very subjective. In this case, there is a Cannes selection committee to choose "the best films." How do "the best films" get funding? How do "the best directors" become so great? Who defines what the "best films" are? If 95% of Cannes films were directed by black women year after year after year, wouldn't you wonder why so few white men were directing these films? Or would we brush it off and just say "well, only the best films were selected!"

  23. Well it would appear that most films HAVE been chosen on a gender basis. There is no other statistical explanation for this gender imbalance.

  24. George Haig Brewster, The point is not the end product. The point is Everyone must have Equal Opportunity to get there.

  25. Some of us have absolutely no interest in what actors say and do off camera. And unless we’re actors ourselves, we’re likewise uninterested in what they have to go through to be actors. Why should we care? They offer little that warrants our concern beyond what they provide as entertainers. These pictures of them on this or that carpet in designer clothes with their arms linked in solidarity....really? That’s what we’re supposed to care about? Sick of it. Sorry for the rant.

  26. Do you think sexual harassment is something that your daughters, sisters, mother, wife never have to face? Women in all industries have to do what they can to stop it, to make it less acceptable.

  27. The opening paragraph about the Cannes Film Festival setting up a harassment hotline was an eye-roller. If anything, it epitomizes how clearly out of touch the progressive elites that populate venues like Cannes are from the travails of us mere mortals. Its no wonder Donald Trump was elected - and will likely be re-elected - when this is the kind of nonsense our 'cultural leaders' are engaging in.

  28. Real common sense will say he will be impeached. Still, I do agree with you that a hotline seems like a dramatic showboat ride.

  29. Common sense and politics are always strangers to each other.

  30. Common sense indeed!

  31. This is another example of the desire to see equality of outcome derange standards of excellence, this time in the case of artistic merit. We should be concerned about whether women have the same opportunities as men to direct films, but whatever bias that exists on that front shouldn't force us to lie about the quality of movies that are actually competing for prizes. It’s an industry that can hardly afford to play fast and loose with its reputation; handing out awards to movies that are undeserving just because they are directed by women winds up cheating the film going public, which is shrinking out of competition from so many other outlets for entertainment. The credibility of these honors is important. Any mark of distinction, from the Nobel Prize to the Academy Awards to the Hugo Awards, is diminished when tainted by the perception that the outcome is meant to deliver a political message. These awards need to remain true to themselves, merit needs to be the test.

  32. Pleas to put “merit” first are usually the protests of those who are the beneficiaries of the age-old pecking order that has always placed white men at the top. Their dominance is the result of a system that skews everything in their favor — from cradle to grave — and calls itself “fair”. If you have a head start in every race, winning comes as no surprise. I will be very happy to have other people — black, brown, female, older, differently-abled — take their place among celebrated artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and successes of every kind. And once the playing field is more level, we will come to appreciate varying perspectives that will redefine terms like “merit” into more inclusive and equitable ways of praising human achievement.

  33. I wish I could “recommend” Toby’s comment a thousand times. It’s so accurate about the discomfort those in positions where they have assumed their excellence as a birthright, feel about change.

  34. Aside from Toby’s sobering angle, I have to say that “believing” in this or any other awards show - the Grammys, et al- as true estimations of relative merit is very naive. The politics involved in swaying these so-called contests are so pervasive as to render the resulting displays of cleavage, jewelry and $10,000 suits/sneakers to be little more than the commercials they really are.

  35. I have a hard time taking actresses like Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep seriously on this issue. Meryl Streep publicly said she thought Roman Polanski should be free (when he was under house arrest in Gstaad) and Winslet and Blanchett were both happy to work with Woody Allen immediately after his daughter wrote a public letter in the NY Times detailing his abuse of her. In the age of #MeToo they have changed their tune. I think MeToo is great, but I don't think you let people off the hook just because they are women. Remember the women who fought back before it was popular to do so - Rose McGowan, Anabella Sciorra, not the ones who have co-opted a movement for personal gain.

  36. We'll said! I am reminded of how the National Organization of Women (NOW) supported Bob Backwood even though he was sexually harassing women, because he was was one the first Senators to publicly endorse a women right to choose to have an abortion; one might currently say a woman's right to reproductive freedom. It wasn't until supporting women's right to choose was politically acceptable that women began talking about Mr. Packwood's sexual harassment (NOW was a significant voice in this.) At the time, women put up with his harassment because of his support on the abortion issue. In my opinion, the issue of sexual harassment needed to be made public when it began happening, not years later. It was like having your cake and eating it too...but much later. No matter how important an agenda, addressing abuse must come first. Convenience is not/cannot be a variable in ethical and/or responsible behavior!

  37. Adele, Brava to your comment, and thank you for mentioning those two very courageous Ladies...Rose McGowan and Annabella Sciorra who apparently have been left out of the festivities and peoples minds.

  38. Bravo to those who speak up despite deniers’ jeers. The hotline is a great idea - let silenced voices be heard. To those who say talent not gender dictates what films are made and who makes them, nice try at rewriting reality.

  39. Maoist-green doesn't work in America yet, but Cannes, seems so.

  40. I find this an unsettling frame of mind - that you are somehow surprised that the results being celebrated are not yet representative of the current quid quo pro moment where women are calling for a shift in the work atmosphere. I mean, of curse there is a problem - that's the whole point.

  41. I am happy to see these actresses keep on hammering on the issue until it is solved. Keep it up ladies. You are the best!

  42. The Cannes Film Festival is simply a trade show for film makers to find distributors. It's really no different in basics than the Natural Food Show -And having been to several of each I would suggest the later is more interesting but the name dropping is better at Cannes. Too bad about the French.

  43. This will certainly change their relationship with men, and it is not going to be all positive. I have always shunned fraternizing with women from the workplace my entire career, because I know what busy little bees they are. I still take people as individuals in my professional dealings. My advice is to stop socializing with people who can hurt you.

  44. InFraudWeTrust, If you refer to women as "busy little bees" that you don't "fraternize" with how can you then claim to "still take people as individuals in my professional dealings." It will take good men calling out the sexual assaulters and harassers among them to bring about meaningful change. If they don't then they're part of the problem.

  45. <<My advice is to stop socializing with people who can hurt you.>> One of the great operating principles to employ to be happy and successful in life.

  46. Ignoring the offensive "busy little bees" comment, people socialize at these events to help their careers. As is so often the case, who you know is as important as what you can do. Since men dominate the industry, women in the industry have to socialize with them. Unfortunately, the men know this and some, like Harvy Weinstein, take advantage.

  47. "“While he [Harvey Weinstein] was absent this year, the sexualized atmosphere of his heyday remains." Actually, Cannes has had a "sexualized" atmosphere since its inception. Harvey Weinstein had nothing to do with it. Is the headline "Cannes, Where Weinstein Reigned..." supposed to be ironic? The Americans give France Harvey Weinstein and Lance Armstrong, and somehow it's the fault of France for not stopping the American monsters.

  48. Should Cannes have precisely 50 percent entry films directed by females even if less than 50 percent of all films were directed by females? Is that what is expected of all institutions now? 50 percent of all Fortune 500 CEO's should be women even if far less women than men actually want to be CEO's? 50 percent of all nurses should be men? The idea that the demographics of every single institution should precisely mirror the demographics of the overall population doesn't make a good deal of sense to me. Why? MICRO AGGRESSION WARNING -- because men and women are different and their ambitions and interests do not precisely overlap. Shocker here -- but I'm going to guess that more men than women want to be soldiers and more women than men want to be stay at home parents. As a society we should aim for equality of OPPORTUNITY, not equality of OUTCOME.

  49. Of course there should be no quotas, but keeping one's eye on the numbers is useful because it may point to underlying prejudice. Equality of opportunity does not exist, which is why women directors have trouble finding financing for their films and get less financing. This has only recently begun to change.

  50. One problem is that simple statistics are often jumped on as proof of inequality of opportunity, which they most certainly are not.

  51. You can't get equal opportunity from a system that has for years put barriers in place to equal opportunity. The number one barrier being money. The male dominated industry is biased to believe that male directed films are worth investing in and women directed films aren't, more films directed by men get made, more films directed by men get awards, the industry responds by investing even more in these award winning directors. It's a self fulfilling cycle. Orchestras had a similar problem. They were dominated by male musicians until they started holding blind auditions where the gender of the musician was hidden. Then all of a sudden, women musicians were as good as their male counter parts.

  52. Should films be admitted simply because of the gender of the director? Or should they be admitted because they fit the artistic criteria for the festival? Yes, more men are able to direct movies because of the current system, and changing that will take time, and steps are being taken..., but is setting quotas really the answer...?

  53. Your premise relies on the notion that only men make movies worthy of consideration. My premise to you is that the movies that are made by women are just as noteworthy as those by the men. The men's movies get get a leg up in the voting because they are mostly being judged by a panel of men. So...who is really benefiting from a de facto quota system that has been in place since it's inception? Also, why is this so hard to understand?

  54. Gosh, your questions have such a familiar ring. I think I know this tune...

  55. But oddly enough Kristen Stewart committed a violation and much news at Cannes by taking off her 4" heels and going barefoot. It says a great deal about the film festival and its directors that they dictate what kind of shoes (or not) the women must wear.

  56. People (including women) should wear shoes.

  57. Where would filmmaking be without stories. Where would stories be without love and hate, conflict and resolution, war and peace, attraction and rejection. It is hard to separate fantasy from reality when it is projected on a screen. Perhaps we need fewer movies and TV/internet entertainment to spend some time away from screens to communicate with the real world.

  58. This line in this story is really sexist. Aspiring actresses appear on and off the red carpet in see-through or low-cut dresses in the hopes of attracting the attention of male producers, directors, talent scouts and photographers.

  59. A hackneyed expression states: sexual assault is about power not sex. It's certainly about power, but to deny that it could be about sex seems to epitomize the narrative of the Me Too movement. Woman are in the majority and they have seized the moment. They're trending. It has been suggested by women on women's talk shows -- perhaps facetiously -- that the remedy for this social problem would be for women to assume power over everything: commerce, government, the military, the family... keep going. America is essentially a puritan country with puritan values. The Me Too movement's momentum feeds off that cultural legacy. And the movement --trendy as it may be -- runs the risk, in its moral high dudgeon, of being perceived as a bunch of opportunistic, priggish, castrating females.

  60. Well done to the crew who organized the communication campaign on a higher level of behavioral standards towards women and to also provide a hotline for harassed women. Can you please bring this next to the Super Bowl? Making progress!

  61. We women can be our own worst enemies. In 2016 a sweet indie ”Mothers and Daughters” teeming with female talent and produced by women (a 1st effort for the new production company) was released. Yet it was mostly women in the media who slammed it like you cannot believe; tried to kill it in the water. Yet many viewers loved it, enough that it went on to be #1 on Netflix and Amazon for weeks. The vitriol was most interesting to read: this actress had cosmetic surgery, that one's a "has been” because of her age. Yet Europe appreciated the film and Mira Sorvino (another Weinstein victim) won Best Supporting Actress at the Milan International Film Festival - with nary a peep in the US press.

  62. I don't get it. Why is the Cannes Film Festival being criticized for there not being enough women filmmakers? Is it their job to "generate" them? If more women want to make films, well, how's this for a solution: Make them. Now, do you deserve to have them exhibited at Cannes? They have to be good. So, just do it. Make your films. Compete head-to-head, in an honest, merit-based competition, and let the chips fall where they may.

  63. Some came running.

  64. "And while Mr. Frémaux, the artistic director, has acknowledged criticisms of gender imbalance at Cannes, he also has said that films are chosen on merit and that he opposes the idea of pro-women quotas and “positive discrimination.”" Mr. Frémaux, you speak in such tiresome cliches. As "creative director", we expect more from you. Perhaps you need a little messaging diversity. And less defensiveness. Because of course films should be chosen on merit - based on diverse perspectives that include humans beyond the overly-represented, ever-dominate (due to bias, NOT merit) WHITE, MALE, RICH discrimination that currently tries to dictate merit. True merit is far wiser than the limited old white guy version.

  65. "One explanation offered for the lack of female directors at Cannes is that they simply produce fewer movies, a fact that has brought calls for government support for female filmmakers in France. While 52 percent of its population is female, only 23 percent of its directors are women, according to the group that staged the rally. “A society that doesn’t represent itself equitably is a sick society,” Ms. Husson said." So... the idea of this paragraph is, we don't know why women don't direct many movies, but whatever the reason, would should take money from taxpayers to increase that number. How about we wonder why women don't do all the outdoor, physical work, dangerous work, men do, and start encouraging more men to get out of those jobs and do the easier, safer jobs women are funneled into? There is a huge death gap in the job market, after all.

  66. It is generous of Hollywood to take take time out from drugging and raping each other to bring attention to their drugging and raping of each other by wearing different colored clothing. Really sets the tone.

  67. I am a life-long film fan and happen to be a woman. I love good films and I don't care what the gender of the film-maker is. I do care about the character of the film-maker and I will not watch another Woody Allen film (I will watch the films of Roman Polanski because I don't think he is guilty of raping a child and I think his case was mishandled in the LA courts.) Just as I will not listen to another recording by James Levine, but I do mourn the loss of Garrison Keillor on Praire Home Companion. I think that progress proceeds in a zig-zag manner. We have a zig forward and then there is a certain amount of backlash and correction of the faults and excesses of the first zig. I lived through this in the workplace where I saw inferior people placed over more worthy candidates for position due to their race. I could go on and on about that... I think that we need to get past all of the labeling of people by their skin color, gender or whatever (height?) and go by merit! Soon...will Nobel prizes will be awarded to racial minorities and women and short people who have been under-represented in the past?. Can we get past this insanity...soon?!

  68. #MeToo should shake up Cannes. I'm not sure this article reflects that, however. When I suggested the 'me too' movement in another comment section on this New York Times website, five days before Alyssa Milano took the idea and ran with it, I had only Hollywood in mind. It immediately grew into the world wide phenomena of women who have been victims raising their hands. My only concern then with #MeToo (other than the fact that so few people know about my role in triggering the movement we seen today) is that the world-wide #MeToo would take the heat off of Hollywood and global entertainment industry empire. I think my fears have been well founded. Tarana Burke said, at a #MeToo rally in Los Angeles last fall, that the movement was 'bigger than Hollywood." At best, that was very naive. Just few months later she shared the stage during a musical number at the Academy Awards. The fine reporters who brought the Weinstein story to light here in the Times late last year have already signed a deal with Hollywood to see their efforts immortalized on film. Hollywood deflects and dodges artfully and they will find your price and take away any credibility you might have had. This Cannes story today is a repeat of the very deflective focus on better and more jobs for women in the entertainment industry and nothing about sexual predation in the industry or bringing perpetrators to justice. https://50lux.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/jammer_comment_donaldbarnat.jp...

  69. Cannes still require women to dress up in funny looking outfits and wear high heels. I wouldn't walk across the street to be a part of this silly circus.

  70. I wonder if they could get away with this on the Gaza border with Israel? Somehow the disproportionate travails of rich celebrities seem so out of sync with the real world right now. Maybe variety is the spice of life.

  71. I found interesting that this line was inserted into the middle of the article: ''It is well known among festival attendees that escorts ply their trade in the lobbies of Cannes’ upmarket hotels...'' Does prostitution ( plied and paid for by all sexes ) have anything to do with the me too movement ? Does it have anything to do with women trying to gain an equal footing or representation in all facets of our world ? ( or just get nominated for a movie prize ) I found it to be a direct symbol of the ''old way'' of thinking.

  72. We women can be our own worst enemies. A beautiful indie film released in 2016, "Mothers and Daughters” teeming with female talent and produced by women (a first effort for the new production company) yet it was mostly women in the media slammed it like you cannot believe. NASTY; tried to kill it in the water yet many viewers loved it (some hated it - c'est la vie) and it went on to be #1 on Netflix for weeks. The vitriol was interesting to read: criteria like who had cosmetic surgery, or calling actresses "has beens” because of their age. Yet Europe appreciated the film and Mira Sorvino (another Weinstein victim) won Best Supporting Actress at the Milan International Film Festival - with nary a peep in the US press.

  73. Women have fought and had a difficult time getting a voice in Hollywood but for too long feminism has tried to say women and men are the same without acknowledging parenting and the wide range of life experiences and wisdom women can have if given a chance to have a long career. #MeToo needs to find the women with the battle scars because their stories have depth, pain, and they can lead others forward to create greatness on screen.

  74. Very unfortunate that the Times felt it appropriate to show a photograph of Mr. Weinstein. It detracted from the article and made The NYT position on the issue ambiguous.

  75. The actresses who are feeling victimized and so are starting the #Metoo stuff are appallingly self-centered. None should be treated in a hostile sexual manner. That's obvious. There are already laws about that. But the movement has morphed into yet another arena where someone doesn't feel life is "fair." In this instance, that men are frequently paid more than women. All over America there are women who don't look as glamorous as do these #MeToo actresses but who can act just as well as they can. So, why do they get the roles but equally talented women don't? The #MeToo folks don't want to look at that---they don't want to look at how a quirk of nature gave them more opportunities than nature gave other female actresses. In other words, the female actresses are not being "fair" to other female actresses. And it is also a quirk of nature that a large number of stories made into films depend upon men's physical attributes (i.e., action films---films where men look much more natural and believable than women in the roles). I will believe in the #MeToo cause when the women start declining roles they get because of their beauty and, instead, find an actress in a regional theater in Dayton, OH, who can act as well as them for the role. Let's make everything "fair?" The acting business, in regards to who is bankable, is not "fair" to everyone--and it is especially grossly unfair to non-glamorous women.

  76. Dan, #MeToo is about all women and all victims of sexual assault and harassment. Wherever did you get the idea it only applies to “actresses.” Did you somehow miss the Women’s March on Washington? It’s women and men with name recognition that are giving voice and creating a platform for #MeToo. They are using their access to the spotlight to focus attention on an important and often overlooked issue.

  77. We'll put, Dan.

  78. The #MeToo continues the theme of endless and nebulous grievances of women with all of its attendant and predictable falses attributions of cause and effect. Physical violence, rape, and coercion are one thing, taking responsibility for choices made for your own benefit and ambitions is another. Short of provable criminal conduct #MeToo and #Timesup are no less than a movement to produce authoritative power and use sexual conduct, no matter how trivial, as the leverage for that power to gain an advantage over others for personal benefit.

  79. Cultural Marxist parade at Cannes? So what's next--equal opportunity "#MeToo" laws requiring more female directors or else studio munchkins et al. will face prison time, and then more laws forcing the citizens to watch their products?

  80. Why a photo of their backs?

  81. this is getting stale, particularly from women who have made a career as sex objects. Harassment is bad, rape is bad, etc. No one is for that. But women are adults and get to make choices. I wonder how many actresses played along, flirted etc., to get where they are today and now, awash in wealth and fame, have the luxury of being outraged? As for women being under represented as directors. Women should get the chance to direct, the opportunity. But no one gets more than the opportunity, there isn't equality in outcomes. I guarantee you if women directors are good, they will get awards and jobs. If not...well. It's sort of like -- how many great American women writers are there? Answer -- some, but they are under represented vs men. If you examine American literary greats -- you've got Hemingway, Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Twain, Pynchon, McCarthy, Roth, Melville, James, Whitman, Ellison...the list goes on and on. Great American female novelists. I'd include Willa Cather. And for genre/literary writers, Patricia Highsmith. After that? Mostly typists who copy a style from men. Almost all the innovators and great word smiths are men. And nothing has stopped women from writing. Ditto musical composition. The great American song book. How many females belong in that pantheon of writers? Dorothy Fields. Classical composers? Oops. Yeah Carole King was good at pop. Not Lennon-McCartney or Richards-Jagger great though.

  82. My mother (born 1918) was a classical composer and conductor. She was good, but she had a tough time because she was a woman. Women were not welcome and had no choice about it. It was hard because of people like you.

  83. Ralphie, There are many great women writers and singer-songwriters. I was going to list but I’m sure you’re not interested. I suggest you read Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. Please keep in mind it’s a warning to women, not an instruction manual for men. You may want to expand your horizons.

  84. mary --I didn't say I was against women writers or composers. I simply said that based on the historical record women are under represented in the arts. It may be true that women have a harder time becoming composers than becoming writers. But the proof is in the pudding. If women are good -- actually in the arts you have to be great to become well known -- then people will listen to their music, read their books. People like good stuff and don't care about the gender. Bmunsoil -- I suppose you think you're an expert. I know most almost the entire pop oeuvre up until maybe 1990 when I started to believe rock had lost its way -- and I should have put Joni Mitchell in. She's about as good as it gets for either gender. And I'd rather listen to her than BRUCE or U2 or a bunch of others. But the majority of great popular song writers regardless of era have been men -- at least historically. Most of what I hear in today's rock pop ain't that good from either gender.

  85. Surely, I can't be the only one bored to death by the MeToo mob?

  86. me too, bored to death.

  87. What a nasty remark. At least don't brag about your lack of empathy or compassion.

  88. And just imagine how bored women are of the boorish behaviour of men throughout eternity. The pathetic gall of men being bored by the MeToo movement. Too bad.

  89. I found interesting that this line was inserted into the middle of the article: ''It is well known among festival attendees that escorts ply their trade in the lobbies of Cannes’ upmarket hotels...'' Does prostitution ( plied and paid for by all sexes ) have anything to do with the me too movement ? Does it have anything to do with women trying to gain an equal footing or representation in all facets of our world ? ( or just get nominated for a movie prize ) I found it to be a direct symbol of the ''old way'' of thinking.

  90. "Marlène Schiappa, France’s junior minister for gender equality, at Cannes on Friday. Her ministry worked with the festival to create a sexual harassment hotline." Give me a break: Does this woman take herself seriously? Where are you, Robespierre, look what your Committee of Public Safety has wrought? Nonsense laced with frivolousness.

  91. This would be great stuff BUT let's see Hollywood's famous-- screenwriters, managers, stars, etc--be transparent, uncover the facts don't just hide and deny it, but show the world how they treat their domestic workers (ah c'mom, let's say it, servants) very poorly. Long hours without overtime, paychecks without benefits required under law such as social security, unemployment, never mind health insurance or retirement savings, these are common among the richest of Hollywood. Paychecks so low that the people who raise their children and prepare their food, clean their houses and keep the grounds looking good can barely afford to live in even the raunchiest neighborhoods. If you want to out the bad players, then show the employee books, Hollywood. Meanwhile, the real "me too" should be for the economically screwed domestic workers employed by many of the most self-righteous humanitarians of Hollywood.

  92. The paragraph describing women in hot pants, women in sheer dresses... this is culturally the issue at the core of gender equality. To paint the scene by only describing what the women are wearing and how the women are using their bodies, rather than to describe how the men are as well; well that is the base of this sexism and to see it in an article attempting to positively cover a pro-femme moment is sad and shows how far we have to come at learning to undo slut-shaming and victim-blaming.

  93. Though Cannes might emphasize the artistic side of film (France!), film is an entertainment industry. Central to the Hollywood film industry is selling yourself, literally selling yourself as a persona and image. The vast majority of working film actors are not a person who talented at portraying other people but has a persona and image they sell to Hollywood for various roles and to the celebrity industry for consumption. If you made or are trying to make it in Hollywood you are selling yourself- your mind, your body, your soul. And yes, you sell your sexual appeal. The beauty requirement, the rampant indulgent sex and nudity in films, the obsession with which celebrities are dating and what they do in their"real" lives. That so much of the #MeToo movement has occurred in Hollywood and celebrity culture makes me wonder how honest and effective it could really be there. For the film and thereby the celebrity industry to take a stand against sexual exploitation and objectification is like the spirits industry taking a stand against inebriation and addiction. Hollywood and the celebrity industry are market places for selling selves and bodies as representations of popular fantasies and desires. If you sign up for it at all, you're part of the problem.