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Salma Hayek’s Harvey Weinstein Op-Ed Is Inspiring Others to Speak Out

“Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster. For years, he was my monster.” 

That’s how actress and co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE Salma Hayek Pinault begins her powerful op-ed in the New York Times, in which she details being threatened, coerced, and manipulated by film producer Harvey Weinstein. 

“I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than 30 women, once told her. Another time, he threatened to pull her film “Frida” if the actress didn’t agree to film a nude scene. 

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Weinstein’s abuse against Hayek never escalated to a physical level, but the producer propositioned her on multiple occasions — sometimes late at night. To him, Hayek writes, she was not an actress, but merely a sexualized object.

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“In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasn’t even a person. I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body,” she writes. 

The New York Times first published sexual assault allegations against Weinstein on Oct. 5, and since then, many other notable actress have spoken out against him, including Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwyneth Paltrow. 

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The article helped fuel the #MeToo movement, which saw hundreds of thousands of women around the world speak out about sexual assault on social media platforms from Twitter to Instagram. Global Citizen campaigns on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, including goal number five: gender equality. You can take action here

Hayek’s allegations against Weinstein has again added nuance to the discussion that has dominated news in the latter half of 2017 and led TIME Magazine to label “The Silence Breakers” as its Person of the Year

Hayek writes about the persistent lack of female directors in the film industry. According to one study she cites, just 4% of 1,000 top films from 2007-2016 featured a female director. 

Her story also paints a devastating picture of the hyper-sexualization of female bodies in the film industry. In fact, according to a different study not cited by Hayek, women were three times more likely than men to appear nude or partially nude in movies. 

For many women, Hayek’s op-ed resonated in more ways than one — and many spoke out on social media in support of the actress. 

Here are some of the most powerful responses: