Sixteen black and mixed-race actresses staged a glamorous purple carpet protest at the Cannes movie competition Wednesday to denounce on a regular basis racism within the French trade.
Led by “Bamako” star Aissa Maiga, additionally they launched their new guide “Being black is not my job” (“Noire n’est pas mon metier”), denouncing the bias they’ve suffered from administrators and casting brokers.
But the heavens opened as they stepped out onto the purple carpet from their automobiles carrying spectacular robes by Balmain’s mixed-race designer Olivier Rousteing.
Their march follows scorching on the heels of a historic purple carpet demonstration Saturday by 82 Hollywood stars, girls 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 advised AFP, who stated quotas “could be a possible option” for combatting the dearth of black faces on display, even when that will spark vehement opposition in France.
One of the actors who took half, Nadege Beausson-Diagne, stated within the guide that she had been requested if she spoke “African” at a casting.
She was additionally advised, “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 largest ever movie at the field workplace, “Welcome to the Sticks” (“Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis”), stated she was additionally advised she was “not African enough to be African” and that “for a black, you are really very intelligent. You should have been white.”