French actress Brigitte Bardot denounced the #MeToo movement and the increase in Hollywood figures speaking out against sexual harassment in an interview with French magazine Paris Match.
In the interview, Bardot asserts that for actresses specifically, “not women in general,” “the vast majority of cases” are “hypocritical, ridiculous, without interest.”
The 83-year-old actress added that the topic takes away from “important themes that could be discussed,” and stated that she has never been a victim of sexual harassment. Bardot became an international sex symbol after her starring role in 1956’s “And God Created Woman.”
“I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a nice little a–,” she said. “This kind of compliment is nice.”
She went on to say that actresses “come on” to producers to get roles, “and then, so they’ll be talked about, they say they were harassed.”
“In reality, rather than helping them, it hurts them,” she said.
Bardot retired from acting in 1973 to focus on her work campaigning for animal rights, and founded the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals in 1986.
This is not the first time Bardot has made controversial remarks. She has repeatedly criticized immigration and Islam in France since 1998, leading to five fines for inciting racial hatred, and has supported France’s far-right political party National Front.