Transgender actress Karla Sofia Gascon files complaint against Marion Maréchal for “sexist outrage”

Transgender actress Karla Sofia Gascon files complaint against Marion Maréchal for “sexist outrage”
Transgender actress Karla Sofia Gascon files complaint against Marion Maréchal for “sexist outrage”

The first transgender woman to receive an acting award at Cannes, Karla Sofia Gascón filed a complaint against Marion Maréchal who had published a transphobic message on the social network X.

Cannes award-winning transgender actress Karla Sofia Gascón filed a complaint on Wednesday May 29 for “sexist outrage” after a tweet from Marion Maréchal, head of the European list for Reconquête!, AFP learned from her lawyer.

This complaint, addressed to the Paris prosecutor’s office, comes two days after that filed by six associations defending LGBT+ rights for “transphobic insult” and targeting the same comments.

Transphobic Tweet

Karla Sofia Gascón, a 52-year-old Spanish actress, received, along with Americans Selena Gomez and Zoe Saldana as well as Mexican Adriana Paz, a joint female performance award on Saturday at the 77th Cannes Film Festival for the film “Emilia Perez” from director Jacques Audiard.

In reaction, Marion Maréchal wrote on Sunday on the social network mothers”.

“We must put an end to this kind of comments,” reacted Karla Sofia Gascón, quoted in a press release from her lawyer sent to AFP.

The complaint against X was filed for “sexist contempt due to his gender identity”.

According to Me Etienne Deshoulières, lawyer for the actress, “only the person targeted by the comments can act on this basis”. “It was therefore necessary for Karla Sofia Gascón to act alongside LGBT+ associations to have Marion Maréchal convicted of sexist outrage due to gender identity,” he added in the press release.

In the film “Emilia Perez”, Karla Sofía Gascón plays the role of a ruthless Mexican drug lord who decides to transition and become a woman. The first transgender woman to receive this award at Cannes, she dedicated it to “all trans people who suffer”.

In 2023, 2,870 crimes or offenses (attacks, threats, harassment, etc.) against lesbians, gays, bi and trans people were recorded, a jump of 19% compared to 2022, according to a study by the statistical service of the Ministry of Justice. ‘Interior published in mid-May.

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