Stop raping us!”
On May 20, celebrities and the media were in an uproar when a topless woman interrupted the red carpet at the “Cannes International Film Festival.
This year’s Cannes Film Festival was a hot topic in Japan as well, with Korean actor Song Gang-ho (55) winning the Best Actor Award for his role in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Baby Broker. On the other hand, it was also noted that various “protests” unfolded around the world. The woman at the beginning of the film had her upper body painted in Ukrainian colors and condemned the current situation of sexual violence by Russian soldiers, which is believed to have been caused by the invasion of Ukraine (see photo below).
On the 22nd, the activist group “Les Corses” held a demonstration on the stairs with a banner, burning black smoke bombs, and raising their fists in the air. This was probably a planned performance in connection with a documentary film that was shown, commemorating women who have been murdered because of their gender and calling for the abolition of harassment. However, the topless woman is definitely not a ‘work-in-progress’. How did she get into the venue at Cannes, where security checks are so strict? ……” (a representative of a film distributor)
Why was there an uproar in rapid succession? Film writer Shiho Atsumi asked, “For a long time, Cannes has been a venue for a variety of events.
Shiho Atsumi, a film writer, asked, “Various forms of ‘protest activities’ have been taking place at Cannes for a long time. I think there are a certain number of people who think that Cannes is an important place to send a message to the world, given the national character of France, where the festival is held, and the fact that many of the films are more socially conscious than other film festivals and awards.
Behind the scenes of the art festival where Tom Cruise and other super celebrities gathered, social criticism was even more severe than in the movies.
From the June 17, 2022 issue of FRIDAY