A woman protesting sexual violence in Ukraine was removed from the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival during the world premiere of George Miller’s ‘Three Thousand Years of Our Lives’. Video footage from the carpet showed a woman trying to crash the event while screaming at the top of her lungs. The woman was quickly removed from the carpet by a handful of security guards.
The topless woman wore only panties and had the word “scum” written on her lower back. The radical feminist activist organization Scum posted on Twitter“This activist exposed the wartime rapes and sexual tortures committed by Russian soldiers on Ukrainian women.”
Blood red color also appeared on her lower back and legs. The colors of the Ukrainian flag were spray-painted across the woman’s torso, as were the words, “Stop raping us.” Security forces quickly tucked the woman in and removed her from the red carpet.
diversity has contacted the press office of the Cannes Film Festival for comment.
The incident took place on the red carpet outside the Palais for the premiere of Three Thousand Years of Longing, Miller’s first directorial effort since stunning the film industry with Mad Max: Fury Road. The film follows Tilda Swinton as a scholar who encounters a magical Djinn (Idris Elba) in an Istanbul hotel room and learns of his fantastic past while contemplating the three wishes she can make in his presence. Miller, Swinton and Elba appeared on the Cannes red carpet after the wife had already been removed.
Several security checks are required when entering the Lumiere Theater of Cannes at the Palais. At stations where participants must go through a metal detector, guards are positioned outside the carpet. Once a contestant has passed this checkpoint, they will encounter more guards at the beginning of the carpet, who will tell them when they can enter the theater. The red carpet itself is lined with security.
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 20, 2022
On the Cannes red carpet for George Miller’s new film, the woman in front of me stripped off all her clothes (covered in body paint) and fell on her knees screaming in front of photographers. The Cannes authorities rushed in, covered her with a coat and prevented my camera from filming pic.twitter.com/JFdWlwVMEw
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 20, 2022