CANNES, FRANCE (AFP) – Sixteen black and combined race actresses staged a glamorous purple carpet protest on the Cannes movie competition Wednesday (May 16) to denounce on a regular basis racism within the French trade.
Led by “Bamako” star Aissa Maiga, they have been additionally launched their new e-book Being black shouldn’t be my job (Noire n’est pas mon metier), denouncing the unfairness they have suffered from administrators and casting brokers.
But the heavens opened as they stepped out onto the purple carpet from their vehicles sporting spectacular robes by Balmain’s mixed-race designer Olivier Rousteing.
Their march follows sizzling on the heels of an historic purple carpet demonstration Saturday (May 12) by 82 Hollywood stars, ladies administrators, producers and scriptwriters, led by Cate Blanchett, demanding equal pay and standing.
“I was moved to act by the spirit of the times,” Maiga informed AFP, who mentioned quotas “could be a possible option” for combatting the shortage of black faces on display, even when that will spark vehement opposition in France.
One of the actors who took half, Nadege Beausson-Diagne, mentioned within the e-book that she had been requested if she spoke “African” at a casting.
She was additionally informed, “You can’t play her, she’s a lawyer” and “Luckily you have fine features and you are not negroid, not too black…”
The actress, who appeared in France’s greatest ever movie on the field workplace, Welcome to the Sticks (Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis), mentioned she was additionally informed she was “not African enough to be African” and that “for a black, you are really very intelligent. You should have been white.”