Brigitte Bardot has attacked the #MeToo movement by suggesting that actresses use their sexuality when trying to land film roles.
The French movie star, who was one of the world’s most prominent sex symbols during the 1950s and 60s, has described the women backing the Hollywood campaign as “hypocritical and ridiculous.”
In an interview with magazine Paris Match, the 83-year-old claimed that actresses will happily use their feminine charm to land movie roles.
“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 told the French publication. “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.”
Brigitte, retired from the entertainment industry in 1973 to become an animal rights activist.
The former actress’ comments, which were made to Paris Match and translated by news outlet French 24, emerged in the wake of a controversial open letter denouncing the #MeToo movement signed by 100 French women, including Oscar nominee Catherine Deneuve, published by newspaper Le Monde.
“Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or back-handedly, is not,” the letter read. “Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee of try to steal a kiss.”
Catherine defended her position by clarifying that she is opposed to the “lynching” of men, but later issued an apology to the victims of sexual misconduct.