Cannes Film Festival is getting stomped for denying entry into red carpet screenings for women wearing flat-heeled shoes.
This outrage surmounted after several middle-aged females, some with medical conditions were turned away from Cate Blanchett‘s new film Carol. One of these women included the wife of Asif Kapadia, the director of the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy. Ms. Kapadia was eventually allowed in, but sartorial injustice has not yet been swept under the red carpet.
BuzzFeed reporters contacted a 21-year old female who also was denied entry due to her footwear. She responded in French and Emoji,
Peter Jackson peut aller sur le tapis rouge en runnings mais on me fait chier parce-que je n’ai pas de talons. Da world’s so fucked up.
— stridelkf durinorth (@LucyHrlx) May 16, 2015
This translates to, “Peter Jackson can go on the red carpet runnings but it pisses me off because I have no heels. Da world’s so f*cked up.”
Actress Emily Blunt reacted to the controversy in a press conference for Sicario with a simple, yet poignant observation on comfortable footwear, “I think everyone should wear flats, to be honest.”
A spokesperson for Cannes released an official statement this morning in regards to public outrage on this rule.
Regarding the dress code for the red carpet screenings, rules have not changed throughout the years (Tuxedo, formal dress for Gala screenings) and there is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels as well as for men’s. Thus, in order to make sure that this rule is respected, the Festival’s hosts and hostesses were reminded of it.
Cannes has been under the feminist microscope for the lack of women filmmakers featured in years past. Organizers “made efforts” to diversify the 2015 exhibition that still only features two female directors and producers in the main competition.