Juliette Binoche cuts her hair

Juliette Binoche cuts her hair

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Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard and Isabelle Adjani filmed themselves cutting a lock of hair in support of women in Iran. 

There are to those who found it pathetic, opportunistic, ridiculous. 

There are even some who shouted ridiculously: “Pffft, the bearded Iranians don't give a shit that French stars are cutting their hairs”.

I find that these people have the short wick. 

Personally, even if I know that it won't make any difference for the mullahs, I find that the gesture of brilliance by Juliette, Marion and Isabelle is a strong symbolic gesture… it's much better than Quebec artists, who do NOTHING.

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The video of Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Adjani, Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Julie Gayet and many others has gone around the world. 

But before criticizing them, we should perhaps -be able to understand why they did this. 

In Iran, on September 16, the young Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested and killed by the morality police because, from her hijab, sticking out… a strand of hair. 

It was to denounce the futility of his “crime” that hundreds of Iranian women then filmed themselves cutting… a lock of hair. 

And so it is by solidarity with Iranian women who have been cut off by French film stars… a lock of their hair.

Masih Alinejad, this courageous Iranian journalist and author who is under police protection in the United States after two attempts of assassination and kidnapping, went on Good Morning America on ABC on Wednesday. 

Juliette Binoche cuts her hair

Juliette Binoche cuts her hair

She was there to explain to the Americans the meaning of the revolt that is brewing in Iran. And what did she do? She took scissors out of her pocket and cut her hair live on TV to angrily explain that “Mahsa Amini was killed for a fistful of hair”. 

“Women in Iran are not simply fighting against the compulsory wearing of the hijab. They fight for the end of a gender-based apartheid regime. Excuse my anger. It is the anger of Iranian women who have been ignored for years.  

Don't tell me this is a useless, derisory, or opportunistic gesture.

In the Washington Post, Masih Alinejad recalled that many Western politicians accepted to wear the veil during their visit to Iran “and bent over backwards to respect men who have elevated misogyny to a state principle”. She also denounced the fact that Western feminists have abandoned their Iranian sisters.

And should we, after that, criticize the French actresses who answered Masih Alinejad's call?

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  • APARTHEID CAPILLAIRE

    You may find the video clumsy, you may find that it is not going enough far, but as the late Pierre Falardeau said: “We always go too far for people who go nowhere”.

    Instead of criticizing and ridiculing French actresses by quibbling over the amount of hair they 'they were ready to cut themselves, bitter minds should perhaps direct their criticisms at the Quebec actresses who kept their hairstyles intact. 

    Juliette Binoche cuts her hair