A woman activist from Ukraine interrupted the Cannes Film Festival red carpet by going topless and delivering a message against rape in war moments before the premiere of George Miller’s “Three Thousand Years of Longing.”
The unidentified woman had the words “Stop raping us” on her torso along with the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag. She also painted red on her legs and groin.
Women went topless at Cannes
In front of hundreds of lenses and under the clouds of flashes, the Cannes Film Festival red carpet is currently one of the most scrutinized places on the planet. It was during the climb of the steps of the film Three Thousand Years Awaiting You on Friday, May 20, around 6:30 p.m., that an activist from the radical feminist movement SCUM decided to demonstrate against the violence against Ukrainian women since the beginning of the war last February.
Bare breasts painted in yellow and blue (the colours of the Ukrainian flag), and panties stained with red paint, she shouts and chants the message “Stop raping us! (Stop raping us) that the woman burst onto the red carpet from the bottom of the steps of the Palais des Festivals. She remained only about twenty seconds in front of the photographers before being subdued and taken away by security.
The radical feminist activist organisation Scum posted on Twitter: “This activist exposed the war rapes and sexual torture committed on Ukrainian women by Russian soldiers.”
The incident occurred on the red carpet in front of the Palais for the premiere of “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” Miller’s first directorial effort since he dazzled the film industry with “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The film stars Tilda Swinton as a scholar who encounters a magical Djinn (Idris Elba) in an Istanbul hotel room and learns of her fantastical past as she contemplates the three wishes she can make in the presence her. Miller, Swinton and Elba appeared on the Cannes red carpet after the woman had already been eliminated.
Entering the Cannes Lumiere theater at the Palais requires multiple security checks. Guards stand outside the mat at stations that require attendees to pass through a metal detector. Once an attendee passes through that checkpoint, they are met by more guards at the beginning of the carpet who signal them when they are allowed to enter the theatre. The red carpet itself is full of security.
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