Jacques Audiard, Reda Kateb, Edwy Plenel… around a hundred men sign a platform in support of #MeToo

Jacques Audiard, Reda Kateb, Edwy Plenel… around a hundred men sign a platform in support of #MeToo
Jacques Audiard, Reda Kateb, Edwy Plenel… around a hundred men sign a platform in support of #MeToo

Finally ! It’s not possible to only have women speaking“, rejoiced Juliette Binoche, at the microphone of https://twitter.com/franceinter/status/1785573928246608301 this Wednesday, May 1st. The column, published Tuesday April 30 on the website ofShewas initiated by the mathematician Michel Broué, companion of Anouk Grinberg, according to the magazine and was signed by around a hundred men from the world of culture including the director Jacques Audiard.

Over the past few years since the #MeToo revolution has spread, we have understood how male behaviors sometimes considered harmless were experienced by women for what they were: abuse.“, they write in the text. It is signed in particular by the actors Reda Kateb, Swann Arlaud, Mathieu Amalric, the director Emmanuel Mouret, the directors Alain Françon, Thomas Jolly (artistic director of the Olympic Games ceremonies and Paralympic Games in Paris), but also the historian Benjamin Stora or the journalist Edwy Plenel…

“We refuse to recognize ourselves in this hegemonic masculinity”

Contrary to what we sometimes read, we do not think that we are targeting men“, they express. “The practice of equality is desirable, it takes away neither freedom nor pleasure but increases them; it beautifies relationships“, they write again. “We refuse to recognize ourselves in this hegemonic masculinity. For example, having to reserve gentleness and care for the feminine gender is absurd: a man cries, a man loves, a man can be upset“.

For the signatories, “it is revolting that theater and cinema serve as a cover for abuses that have nothing to do with art“. Likewise, “iIt is revolting to use one’s prestige, whatever it may be, to abuse the admiration it arouses.” At stake according to them: “Spare more than half of humanity from serious attacks“. The cinema industry has been shaken for several months by accusations of sexual violence which allegedly took place for years. Actress Judith Godrèche has become a spearhead of this movement, after filing a complaint in early February against the directors Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon, for sexual and physical violence dating back to his adolescence, which the latter deny.

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