The Cannes Film Festival dress code has folks upset after several women attending the affair were allegedly barred from entering the event because of their footwear. According to Screen magazine, a few women in their 50s were turned away at a red carpet screening of Carol because they dared to not show up in stilettos. Of course, heels are uncomfortable for everyone, but there are also women who physically cannot wear them due to health reasons. Seems a little insensitive to exclude them from an event for a medical issue.
“Someone I know was turned away for wearing nice flats, nothing you would wear to the beach,” a source said. “They were in their 50s. They told her she could go and buy appropriate shoes and come back.” Cannes commented, saying its dress code “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.” If there are no rules about high heels, then why are women being denied entry to the festival for that reason? We guess in Cannes, flats simply aren’t considered formal wear for women. Naturally, the public is none too pleased with this sexist rule.
Oh Cannes just when u were making some progress then u turn away women wearing flats to the premiere of Carol about lesbians in 1952?
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) May 19, 2015
— Feminist Pics (@FeministPics) May 19, 2015
“Rhinestone flats are not going to cut it, lady. You’ve got to suffer good & proper if you want to watch movies” —Cannes Film Festival
— Briony Kidd (@BrionyKidd) May 19, 2015
Just when I thought the world couldn’t get more ridiculous & disgusting, I read about women being ushered out of Cannes for wearing flats.
— Nur Shakirah (@ShakirahShafian) May 19, 2015