Hollywood actor Charlize Theron has been a big voice in the #MeToo movement, and she’s clearly prepared to carry on calling out unacceptable behaviour for as long as necessary.
While promoting her new film Long Shot with co-star Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron found herself calling out a French TV presenter for kissing their interpreter without consent.
Theron and Rogen appeared on Touche pas à mon in France last week and were interviewed by host Cyril Hanouna. A clip shows Hanouna kissing the actors’ translator on the cheek after beckoning her over for a chat.
After the kiss, Theron immediately said: “Wow! That was very… OK, maybe ask next time?” Rogen was also left looking surprised, agreeing with his co-star after she made the comment about consent.
Theron’s reaction quickly gained support online, with one Twitter user writing: “Soooo I’m just wondering but when will @Cyrilhanouna be fired from #TPMP or when will his show be cancelled?!?!? Because the fact that @CharlizeAfrica had to let him know how consent works just baffles me … but tbh he has been called out for disgusting behavior before…”
Another said: “Thank you @CharlizeAfrica ! In one sentence, you have highlighted exactly the problem of @Cyrilhanouna this guy is a jerk who has no respect to anyone #askNextTime.”
Speaking at Dubai’s Global Educations & Skills Forum last year, Theron commented on the #MeToo movement, saying: “I think the numbers of women who have found strength and a voice to be able to speak about what’s happened to them, things that they have seen, things that they have experienced, is just too powerful for this to not have caused change.
“And so I can definitely tell you that in my industry, hands down, people are thinking differently, they’re talking differently, their awareness is at a level that it’s never been before. And I just don’t see how we can move backwards from that… we can only move forwards.”
Theron is currently working on a film called Fair and Balanced, which examines the real-life sexual harassment scandal involving female Fox News personnel and its founder Roger Ailes. Margot Robbie, Alison Janney and Nicole Kidman also star in the highly anticipated film, which is due to be released in December. Clearly, it couldn’t come at a more pressing time.