It seems the systematic problem of Hollywood blaming the actors for their looks is something that has been normalized in one way or another. I mean if one was to take a wild guess, then we would certainly see more people getting laughed at for how they look, and if it is Harvey Weinstein then it is needless to say that the level of bullying, in this case, is considerably high.
While Speaking to reporter Hadley Freeman about the 2002 film she produced and starred in, Hayek explained Weinstein didn’t like the mustache and monobrow she wore for the role, saying it made her look “ugly.”
“When he would call me up and scream, ‘Why do you have a [monobrow] and mustache? I didn’t hire you to look ugly!’ I was like, ‘But didn’t you ever look at a picture of Frida Kahlo?’ If a man was playing Cyrano de Bergerac, he wouldn’t say, ‘What’s with the nose?'” Hayek told Freeman.
I did feel alright [when he bullied me]. OK, I would shake [afterward] and it did depress me, but there was a cartoon aspect about the whole thing,” Hayek said she “was very strong” when dealing with Weinstein, adding she “didn’t just say no” to his harassment.
“I’m a force to be recognized,” Hayek said. “He never saw me weak. It’s not that I’m not afraid, but you’re not going to see it. I can be almost intimidating in my calm strength, you know?” Hayek claimed that Weinstein never assaulted her because she was friends with people like Robert Rodriguez, George Clooney, and Quentin Tarantino.
She later stated Weinstein was “not the first or last one” who treated her the same way, describing the issue in Hollywood as “systematic”.
In 2020, Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted for counts of rape and sexual assault.