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There's an official ban on selfies and sexual harassment at the Cannes Film Festival this year

Perhaps, saying #MeToo and #TimesUp is not enough in 2018, so the jury at the Cannes Film Festival decided to launch an official helpline for any sexual harassment complaints during the festival

Nivi Shrivastava 11 May 2018, 1:53 PM
Actor Cate Blanchett, who is the president of Cannes Film Festival jury this year, expressed zero tolerance towards sexual harassment during the festival

Actor Cate Blanchett, who is the president of Cannes Film Festival jury this year, expressed zero tolerance towards sexual harassment during the festival Image: AFP

It appears like post the Harvey Weinstein scandal, members of Hollywood are working really hard to bring in a change and create a safer work environment for women. This year, the Cannes Film Festival has teamed up with the French Ministry of Gender Equality and has launched a hotline for victims of sexual harassment and abuse.

According to reports, the hotline service will be available from the opening day and will be on throughout the festival. In an interview to AFP,  Marlene Schiappa, French equality minister, was quoted as saying, "One of the rapes that Harvey Weinstein is accused of happened at Cannes, and so the festival cannot not act."

This year, the jury at Cannes is headed by actor Cate Blanchett, who expressed zero tolerance for sexual harassment or abuse during the festival. Reportedly, celebrities and guests have been given an official memo that reads that both selfies and sexual harassment are banned at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival. And, those who are caught red-handed will be booted off the red carpet.

While Hollywood seems to be changing its modus operandi, there's no reason why Bollywood shouldn't follow the norm. Are we actually waiting for an Indian version of Harvey Weinstein scandal to happen here, till we take a strong step? We hope not. 

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