Cannes Excludes Women for Wearing Flats

Cannes is one of the biggest film festivals in the world and a major red carpet event – so it’s no surprise that dress codes are firmly in place for the prestigious fest. But what is surprising is that some women were turned away from film screenings purely on the grounds that they were not wearing heels.

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Several women (some of whom had medical conditions) were reportedly barred from a screening of Carol, Cate Blanchett’s latest film. And they weren’t the only ones. The wife of a famous British documentary filmmaker was also denied entrance for the same reason, although she was eventually let in (possibly thanks to who her husband is).

The reality is that while heels can be a glamorous fashion statement, nobody should be forced to wear something they’re not comfortable with. These women weren’t in sneakers – they were wearing fashionable flats. And while Cannes has come out saying that there are no official rules about heel height, for men or women, this doesn’t line up with events as they played out.

Hopefully, thanks to the high profile given to this issue by people like actress Emily Blunt, this will be the last year that the ostensibly progressive festival enforces such archaic rules.