Cannes Film Festival Heels Only Policy Called Sexist

By on May 19, 2015

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Cannes Film Festival is known for being formal and for the elite, but Emily Blunt is  joining others in calling it sexist over a high heels only policy on the red carpet. Some reports claim that women have been stopped from attending galas and screenings over the policy. Carol, applauded for a female cast and female producers, saw women turned away after security deemed their choice of footwear inappropriate.

Emily Blunt called the policy sexist saying, “Everyone should wear flats, to be honest, ” calling it disappointing after what she describes as, “these waves of equality and waves of people discovering that women are so fascinating and and interesting to watch and bankable on screen.”

Rooney Mara tripped on the red carpet and Amy documentary director Asif Kapadia also had difficulty when his wife was not allowed into a screening over the heels only policy. He later Tweeted that his wife gained entry.

Cannes has long been the playground for the rich and famous but a playground with a dress code. Female stars have long complained about sexism in Hollywood whether its a lack of roles, strong female leads, equal pay, beginning the recent Ask Her More Campaign after Cate Blanchett was insulted that she was asked more questions about fashion than her roles.

Director Dennis Villeneuve addressed what some are calling “Flatgate” by offering to wear heels to tonight’s gala along with Sicario co-stars Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro.

This isn’t the first incident where celebrities and women have been calling for equality. Patricia Arquette caused a stir when she dedicated her winning Oscar speech for Best Supporting Actress for the movie, Boyhood. In her speech she said,

“To every woman who gave birth to every citizen and taxpayer of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

It’s time everyone. It’s time for women to stop being treated as sex objects without a brain.

Despite the controversy, festival director Thierry Fremaux sent out his own Tweet saying, “The rumor that the festival requires high heels for on the steps is unfounded.” Just the steps, Thierry?

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