Video: Feminist Protesters Invade Red Carpet at Meryl Streep’s ‘Suffragette’ Premiere


Feminist activists sprawled out on the red carpet and shouted protest chants at the London premiere of Meryl Streep’s British women’s movement drama Suffragette on Wednesday.

Actress Meryl Streep arrives for the Gala screening of the film "Suffragette" for the opening night of the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Festival at Leicester Square in London

The film stars Streep, alongside Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and depicts the British movement for women’s suffrage in the early 20th Century.

The Independent newspaper reports protesters created a chaotic scene, by waving banners at the sides of the London’s Leicester Square, with at least one reading, “dead women can’t vote.”

A number of the women also locked arms in protest on the red carpet.

Security pulled them apart and escorted them away, as seen on the video below.

Some of the red carpet activists were wearing shirts that read, “2 women killed everyone week,” and “domestic violence cuts kill.”

The Independent reports some demonstrators let off purple and green smoke bombs, paying homage to colors adopted by the suffragette’s Women’s Social and Political Union.

One anonymous woman told The Independent, “We aren’t going to move, we’re the modern suffragettes and domestic violence cuts are demonstrating that little has changed for us 97 years later”

Another person witnessing the chaos was quoted by The Mirror saying the women who jumped the barrier chanted, “David Cameron take note, dead women can’t vote.”

Suffragette Premiere and Opening of 59th BFI London Film Festival

The Feminist group Sisters Uncut was behind the protest, which was in response to state budget cuts to women’s services.

A flyer being passed out by the all-inclusive women’s group blames austerity cuts for the action, and notes: “Sisters United is a feminist direct action group fighting against cuts to domestic violence services. Our group is open to all women (trans, intersex and cis), all those who experience oppression as women (including non-binary and gender non-conforming people) and all those who identify as women for the purpose of political organising.”

Actress Helena Bonham Carter, who stars as Edith Ellyn in the film, praised the actions of Sisters Uncut, telling Sky News, “If you feel strongly enough about something and there’s an injustice there you can speak out and try to get something changed.”

“It’s the perfect response to our film,” added Carter, while her co-star Carey Mulligan described the women as “brave.”

Suffragette debuts in the U.K. Oct. 12, and will hit U.S. theaters on Oct. 23.