Meryl Streep's 'Suffragette' Premiere Disrupted by Protesters of the Feminist Group 'Sisters Uncut'

by Alex Ungerman 4:07 PM PDT, October 07, 2015
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Meryl Streep's latest movie is drawing more attention.

Suffragette, about the British women's suffrage movement at the turn of the 20th century, found its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival disrupted by the protest group Sisters Uncut, who laid down on the red carpet to demonstrate against domestic violence and cuts to women's services.

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Around 15 protesters jumped the barricades to raise awareness about the continued inequality women face more than 100 years after the events the film is based on took place.

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The group held signs that read, among other things, "Dead Women Can't Vote," "They Cut We Bleed," and "Women Are Powerful and Dangerous." 

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British publication The Independent also reports that the protesters let out purple and green smoke, the adopted colors of the UK's Women’s Social and Political Union.

Streep stars alongside Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter in the movie retelling of the powerful moment in feminist history, and on the carpet, Mulligan and Carter applauded the efforts of the demonstrators.

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"If you feel strongly enough about something and there's an injustice there you can speak out and try to get something changed," Carter told Sky News. "It's the perfect response to our film."

"I wish I'd seen it," added Mulligan. "I think it's awesome."

Sisters Uncut took to Twitter to confirm their demonstration, writing, "We invaded the red carpet to protest cuts to domestic violence services. Austerity's killing women. #deadwomencantvote"

Meanwhile, the film is also drawing backlash for a new photo where Streep and other stars of the film wear t-shirts showing the quote: "I'd rather be a rebel than a slave."

The quote can be attributed to Emmeline Pankhurst, whom Streep portrays in Suffragette, and has been criticized by many for being racially insensitive, as well as an example of "White feminism."

Suffragette arrives in theaters on October 23.

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