Salma Hayek’s fingers must have gotten tired from scrolling through all the internet hate she was getting yesterday. Last night she attempted to shut everyone up with an explanation of the patronizing comments she made to Jessica Williams during a Sundance lunch for women in film. As you already know, Salma played the “taken out of context” card.
The comments that Salma is defending herself against are the ones that were published over the weekend by The Los Angeles Times. Salma and Jessica got into a discussion about being a black woman in Hollywood. Salma’s advice to Jessica was to stop being a victim and try to identify as something more than just a black woman. The internet wasn’t having it, and Salma has defended herself on Instagram.
I am so sorry that I did not respond earlier to the feelings and valid concerns many of you have expressed in the last few days about a story that was published this weekend by the Los Angeles Times. I had not checked my phone through the weekend and only saw the article last night. I am deeply disturbed by the way this story has misrepresented me and manipulated my words in printing them out of context. We all believed we were in a forum to brainstorm about ways in which women in the industry could thrive and that was my heart’s intention. I have always and will always support the empowerment and the voices of black women and women of color. It is inaccurate that I did not let Jessica express herself, she very passionately and eloquently spoke her mind and I listened and engaged in what she was saying. In fact I was very disappointed that the conversation was cut short and not able to continue. I am devastated that something that left me feeling inspired and empowered has since been depicted as a cat fight, and worse yet painted in this way by a female journalist. Rest assured, I will right this wrong…
Jessica hasn’t responded to Salma’s comments. She might not have to. After the story was published, she took to Twitter to let people know she felt like the conversation at that lunch had run a train on her emotions.
So that’s a whole lot of words. I think what Salma was trying to say is that her words were twisted and she’s been misrepresented and it’s all the fault of a female journalist who did her dirty. Huh, that’s strange. I thought Salma didn’t want women to identify as victims anymore?
Here’s Salma making her way through LAX yesterday, probably boarding a flight to Washington to see if the Supreme Court can help her right this wrong.