French actress Corinne Masiero stripped completely naked on stage at an award show to protest the government’s closure of cinemas and theatres as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Masiero, 57, was on stage at the Cesar Awards in Paris, presenting the award for Best Costume Design. She was wearing a donkey costume and blood-stained dress, before she stripped off and bared all for the audience.
She had “no culture no future” written on her chest, and “give us art back Jean” on her back –– a message to Prime Minister Jean Castex.
The Cesar Awards are France’s answer to the Oscars, but due to the pandemic, the ceremony was a lot more stripped-back than usual.
In the European country there is growing frustration among actors, musicians, and other artists about the months-long closures of the country’s museums, galleries, concert halls and cinemas. The government has not set a date for reopening, leaving many angry.
Masiero wasn’t the only actor at the Cesar Awards who spoke out against the lockdown. Marina Fois, a high-profile comedian who hosted the show, had a few choice words to say about the French government in her monologue.
“They cooped up our youngsters, closed our cinemas and theatres and banned concerts so that they could open churches, because we’re a secular country, so that old people could go to church,” she said. The majority of French people are Roman Catholic.