Catherine Deneuve, right to free speech, even to arouse the misunderstanding

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Before this forum, Catherine Deneuve had already attracted the ire of feminists in supporting the director Roman Polanski. She had always found it “excessive,” the term “rape”.

Icon of French cinema known worldwide, but also “free woman” who “says what she wants,” Catherine Deneuve, criticized after pleading for the “freedom to annoy” the women, has never hesitated to go against the tide, without fear of shock.


For the past two days, it is the target of sharp attacks on social networks, in France as abroad, for having co-authored with a hundred personalities a platform in The World defending a “freedom to annoy” the women, ” that is essential to sexual freedom “, and are concerned about a return of the “puritanism” after the deal Weinstein.




“One day just after the Golden Globes, where Hollywood has displayed his support for the movement #MeToo, a famous actress on the other side of the Atlantic to sign a forum to denounce this movement and its French equivalent, #BalanceTonPorc,” wrote the New York Times.


The actress Asia Argento, one of the first to have reported the producer Harvey Weinstein, has been more scathing on Twitter : “Catherine Deneuve and other French women telling the world how their misogyny internalized the has lobotomisées to the point of no return. “


In the british daily The Guardian, who believes that the actress is “mostly known for having played the role of a prostitute in Belle de jour by Luis Buñuel in 1967, the writer-australian Van Badham “explains” to ” Catherine Deneuve why #MeToo has nothing to do with a witch hunt “.


Requested by the AFP, Catherine Deneuve did not wish to speak.


Before this forum, it had already attracted the ire of feminists in supporting the director Roman Polanski. She had always found it “excessive,” the term ” rape “, about the sentencing in 1977 of the one with which she turned to Repulsion.


The alleged victim of the director, Samantha Geimer, who has since forgiven his abuser, has supported the actress on Twitter. “I am in total agreement with Catherine Deneuve. Women need equality, respect and sexual freedom. What we get by ourselves […]. Not by asking others to protect us. “

It has always been free to make his choice of life, career and his fights
Eric Neuhoff, a specialist of cinema in the “Figaro”

To the image of the new release, Catherine Deneuve is “a free woman that does not let walk all over you,” observes Eric Neuhoff, a specialist of cinema in the Figaro. “She says what she thinks, what she wants. “


“The word’ freedom ‘ it sticks to the skin. It has always been free to make his choice of life, career and his fights, either by signing the manifesto of the 343 (for abortion in 1971 in France), or to support Polanski, ” says journalist Alexander Fache, author of Catherine Deneuve : a biography.


So far, the star has recently told the magazine Technikart that she had never belonged to the feminist movement.




If his recent pronouncements are taken aback by the public opinion, it is also committed in 2001 for the abolition of the death penalty in the United States. In 2004, she chaired a gala for Amnesty to support a campaign to end violence against women. And in 2007, she co-authored a petition to support the candidate, socialist Ségolène Royal, the target of attacks sexist during the presidential campaign.


In the media, Catherine Deneuve also practice the art of the counter-foot, able to appear in “cougar” to the sides of a young man naked in a magazine, cheerful, Stubborn, or to lend themselves with a sense of humor to the tv in the reading of sentences désopilantes on fashion, a world that she loves.


In recent years, the actress 74-year-old gave the impression to break its image of a star, remote and even big bourgeois cold, built throughout his career.


If Eric Neuhoff suggests that “age, which allows any, may be for something,” Alexander Fache claims to the contrary, it has never ceased to have right to free speech. “She has always been quite rare in the media, because it does not like to engage in. But when it does, it is with franchise. “


“This is a whole character, remarkably organized under the appearances, frivolous. She has ideas very advanced, I would say, even anarchists, in all areas, career, family, love… “, said her father, Maurice Dorléac, in the magazine Cinémonde in 1964, reported by the magazine Schmuck.

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