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.
HOLD BY A HAIR
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, protruded… a lock of hair.
It was to denounce the futility of his “crime” that hundreds of Iranian women then filmed themselves cutting… a lock of hair. of hair.
And it is therefore out of solidarity with Iranian women that the stars of French cinema have cut… a lock of their hair.
Masih Alinejad, this courageous Iranian journalist and author who is under police protection in the United States after two assassination and kidnapping attempts, went on Good Morning America on ABC on Wednesday.
She was there to explain to Americans the meaning of revolt which is rumbling in Iran. And what did she do? She took scissors out of her pocket and she 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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You may find the video clumsy, you may find that it doesn't go far enough, but as the late Pierre Falardeau said: “We always go too far far for people who go nowhere.”
Instead of criticizing and ridiculing French actresses by quibbling over how much hair they've been willing to cut, perhaps bitter minds should be directing their criticism to Quebec actresses who have kept their styling intact.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128