Cannes Faces Backlash After Women Without Heels Get Turned Away

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

At Cannes, women denied entry for wearing flats.

Many are criticizing the festival after Screen International reported that several middle-aged women were refused entry to the Sunday premiere of Todd Haynes’ ‘50s lesbian romance “Carol” for wearing flats. CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is coming under scrutiny for its strict dress code after women not wearing high heels were turned away from a premiere.In a statement following reports of an online backlash against the festival’s controversial dress code, a spokesperson told The Independent that the policy had been in place “throughout the years”.

On Tuesday, actress Emily Blunt called the report “very disappointing, obviously.” “Everyone should wear flats, to be honest, at the best of times” said Blunt, who was there to premiere the Mexican drug war thriller “Sicario. “You kind of think that there’s these new waves of equality.” Director Denis Villeneuve joked that he and his male stars, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin, would wear heels to the evening premiere of “Sicario” in protest. Numerous women have been stopped from attending gala screenings, including for Carol – a lesbian romance that had been praised for its female-led cast and female producers – because of their choice of footwear. Some women took to Twitter to say that they had been forced to “argue their way in” to events, even if they were not wearing heels for medical reasons.

One was reportedly turned away for wearing ankle boots and tights, and another was actually physically pushed away for wearing platform sandals that security seemingly disliked. Thus, in order to make sure that this rule is respected, the Festival’s hosts and hostesses were reminded of it.” Earlier, social media users complained that the festival’s red-carpet traditions were “outdated”, while others said they were “seething”. THR sources spied one woman who got through in patent-leather loafers and red heart socks, while – even more daringly – another passed by security on Monday night with bright-red Dansko clogs very much on display.

The dust-up is particularly awkward for Cannes because this year’s festival has been marked by considerable discussion about gender equality in the movie industry. "Rhinestone flats are not going to cut it, lady. One journalist turned up to the opening night screening of La Tete Haute wearing glitter tuxedo loafers but was stopped by security at the orchestra entrance. On another night, Chinese actor Sun Zu Yang was photographed with Paris Hilton wearing a disco-ball-inspired silver-sequined tuxedo jacket and matching shoes.

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