A nude activist was removed from an event at the Cannes film festival after protesting sexual violence against women in Ukraine.
The woman, who was later identified as affiliated with the French activist group SCUM, had painted herself with the colors of the Ukrainian flag as well as the words "Stop raping us" on her stomach and "SCUM" on her back. The woman ran onto the carpet premiere for George Miller's Three Thousand Years of Longing, removed her clothes, and started screaming before she was removed by security, according to Deadline.
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"A SCUM activist enters the red carpet of the [Cannes 2022] festival to denounce the sexual violence inflicted on Ukrainian women in the context of the war," a SCUM account tweeted.
SCUM appears to reference the SCUM Manifesto, a text written in 1967 by radical feminist scholar Valerie Solanas. While the book is 55 years old, the history of the group organizing the protest is unclear.
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Sexual assault reports have continued to rise as Russian forces invaded Ukraine. At least nine Ukrainians have reported becoming pregnant after being "systematically raped" by Russian troops.
Cannes has been a location for protests in the past. Dozens of film stars hosted a protest on May 12, 2018, demanding equal rights and opposing gender-based discrimination.