Oh, the irony. The legendary French film festival declared that 2015 would be the “year de la femme” — and things started off okay with the prestigious opening night film directed by a woman (for the first time since 1987) and a fiery U.N. Women panel where Salma Hayek asserted that Hollywood doesn’t care about women. But then everything went off the rails. Cannes simply was not able to outrun its own outdated, sexist policies. At a screening of Todd Haynes’ movie Carol, several women were turned away for … not wearing high heels. Screen Magazine reports that a number of women in their 50s — some of them with medical conditions — were denied access for wearing rhinestone flats. Compounding the furor is the fact that Carol is a movie which stars Cate Blanchett as a lesbian woman fighting socially conservative norms in the 1950s. In the wake of the backlash, festival organizers defended the dress code, saying in a statement, “Regarding the dress code for the red carpet screenings, rules have not changed throughout the years.” Year de la femme? Try again next year maybe.
Since the high heel fiasco, women all over the world have taken to Twitter using the hashtag #ShowMeYourFlats, sharing their personal reasons for choosing flats over heels, and their outrage about the controversy.
— Melissa Cole (@MelissaCole) May 19, 2015
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