Move over “deflategate,” “flatgate” has arrived!
This year’s Cannes Film Festival had been dubbed the “year of la femme,” but you would never know it by the strict dress code on the red carpet.
In a controversial move, the festival has indirectly banned women from events unless they are wearing high heels.
Apparently, flat shoes on women are not allowed, but Natalie Portman’s underwear is just fine and dandy.
Why do I get the feeling that these rules were set by A MAN? (Come to think of it, I’m a man and I probably would have been OK with Natalie’s outfit too.)
BUT, even I think the “high-heels only” policy for women is beyond outdated and quite absurd.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
“Numerous women have been stopped from attending gala screenings, including for Carol – a lesbian romance that had been praised for its female-led cast and female producers – because of their choice of footwear. One was reportedly turned away for wearing ankle boots and tights, and another was actually physically pushed away for wearing platform sandals that security seemingly disliked.“
The website ScreenDaily said things got even worse:
“Multiple guests, some older with medical conditions, were denied access to [an] anticipated world-premiere screening for wearing rhinestone flats.“
In fact, actress Rooney Mara even tripped on the red carpet Sunday night while in heels.
Apparently, not every attendee is subject to the unwritten rule. Some women whose flat shoes were hidden underneath their dresses were allowed in.
Festival director Thierry Fremaux has denied the allegations, tweeting “The rumor that the festival requires high heels for women on the steps is unfounded.”
Sounds like an automated PR robot sent that tweet.
Let us know what you think of the festival’s dress code in the comments below.