A “torrent of insults”: Adèle Haenel targeted by “sexist remarks” after her statements on pensions

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In a forum, 200 activists denounce the “sexist remarks” which actress Adèle Haenel is currently subject to. The 30-year-old spoke at a public meeting to show her support for the strikers mobilized against the pension reform.

Nearly 200 activists and organizations signed a text this Friday, March 3 in the Sunday newspaper (JDD), pointing to the “violent sexist campaign” against French actress Adèle Haenel. The signatories explain that the actress has faced a “deluge” of insults and remarks since her filmed speech on February 20 at Paris 8 University.

“Orchestrated by the fachosphere, from CNews to Current Values, and its traditional allies, the offensive gave rise to a deluge of sexist remarks against the actress: insults, remarks on her physique, attempts to discredit”, explains the tribune, signed among others by Annie Ernaux, Assa Traoré and Céline Sciamma.

A government “composed of rapists”

In fact, the 34-year-old actress was invited to speak at a public meeting organized by the Du Pain & Des Roses collective, which is part of a far-left political organization called Permanent Revolution. During her speech Adèle Haenel expressed her support for the strikers mobilized against the pension reform. She had also denounced a government “composed of rapists”.

A few days after the intervention of the 30-year-old, the political organization Révolution Permanente had strongly criticized the reactions which had followed on the web – a “torrent of reactionary remarks” – and the remarks which targeted the physique of the young actress. “The violence of the remarks against the actress also reflects the fear aroused, in the world of the powerful, the fact that an internationally recognized artist, having received several Césars including that of best actress, can choose another camp”, explains the tribune . The signatories call for mobilization on March 8, on the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day.

In 2019, Adèle Haenel claimed to have been the subject of sexual violence, on the part of Christophe Ruggia, director. During the Cesar ceremony, in February 2020, the French actress had left the ceremony at the announcement of the César for Best Director awarded to Roman Polanski, also accused of sexual violence.