French actress Brigitte Bardot this week echoed sentiments expressed in an early January open letter that condemned the #MeToo movement as a witch hunt, noting she feels that actresses are both "hypocritical" and "ridiculous" for their accusations.
What did Bardot say?
Bardot, in an interview published on Wednesday with French magazine Paris Match, was quite critical of actresses who have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
The 83-year-old actress also indicated that women share a portion of responsibility for the way they're treated in the entertainment industry, explaining that actresses would often flirt with film execs to secure coveted roles, but would later cry harassment to get their name in headlines.
"Lots of actresses try to play the tease with producers to get a role," Bardot said, according to a translation by Agence France-Presse. "And then, so we will talk about them, they say they were harassed."
Bardot added that focusing on these types of allegations only served to distract from more important "themes" at hand, and said that actresses specifically were, in the "vast majority" of cases, both "hypocritical" and "ridiculous."
The 1960s sex symbol also admitted that she'd never felt victimized by sexual harassment. She retired from acting in 1973 after a 20-year career.
Bardot described her own experiences with the opposite sex, noting that she thought it was "nice" to receive compliments on her appearance.
"I was never the victim of sexual harassment," Bardot said, according to AFP. "And I found it charming when men told me that I was beautiful or I had a nice little backside."
Is there anything else?
Bardot's comments were published just a week after French actress Catherine Deneuve — a prolific entertainer who signed the open letter calling out the #MeToo movement — signed the viral open letter, which professed a belief the movement threatened sexual freedoms.
A portion of the letter explained that "Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss," and added that the #MeToo movement — which "began as freeing women up to speak" — has rendered opposite results.
Deneuve later apologized if sexual assault victims were offended by her signing the open letter that sparked outrage from feminists.