French actress Corinne Masiero protests naked at 'French Oscars' ceremony

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read

From Harper's BAZAAR

French actress Corinne Masiero protested naked at the César Awards (March 12th) to demand the government do more to support culture during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 57-year-old star arrived on stage at the ceremony - France's equivalent of the Oscars - in a donkey costume over a blood-stained dress before removing it to applause from the audience. Presenter Marina Fois looked on in surprise as Masiero stripped naked to reveal the message "No culture, no future" written across her torso.

Calling out French Prime Minister Jean Castex, Masiero displayed another slogan on her back which read: "Give us back art, Jean."

Photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY - Getty Images
Photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY - Getty Images

Cinemas have been closed in France for over three months.

The night saw actors, directors and writers demanding the government take more action to protect and preserve the entertainment industry, which has been severely impacted by the pandemic.

"My children can go to Zara but not the cinema... it's incomprehensible," writer Stephane Demoustier said as he accepted a screenplay award.

Masiero was at the socially-distanced event to present the award for best costume.

"I have a last costume and after that's, there's nothing more," Masiero announced, via Deadline. "This one is Who Wants The Skin Of Roger L’Intermittant [Who Framed Roger Rabbit]?"

The quote is said to allude to the French title of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and a reference to struggling entertainment workers who have protested and occupied theatres to demand the government confirm a reopen date for the arts.

Masiero is known for her roles French TV series such as Fait Pas Ci Fait Pas Ca, Collection Fred Vargas, and Capitaine Marleau, in which she currently stars. She joked at the end: "I don't think I'll be invited next year. We'll see."

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