Cannes Film Festival Faces Backlash After Women In Flats Are Turned Away


The Cannes Film Festival organizers are in hot water after it was revealed several women were denied entry because they were not wearing high enough heels.

The news first broke in a Screen article that claimed a few middle-aged women were denied access to Todd Hayne's "Carol" premiere on Sunday night because of their choices of footwear.

Multiple guests, the publication reports, were turned away for wearing flats with rhinestones on them.

When questioned, festival organizers confirmed it is "obligatory for all women to wear high heels" if attending a red-carpet screening.

Several attendees, including Asif Kapadia, the director of "Amy," took to Twitter to express outrage at the ridiculously sexist dress code. Kapadia's wife was initially denied entry into the event.

One attendee, Lucie, told BuzzFeed,

When asked for a comment, a spokesperson for the Cannes Film Festival claimed,

It remains unclear if the dress code is still being enforced despite the current backlash.

Several high-profile women were denied entry because of their footwear.

Many find the rule to be elitist and discriminatory against the disabled.

According to the Cannes Film Festival, the dress code has been the same since it was first established.

But for the first time, people are expressing their frustrations with the dress code.

Some attendees have ideas about what Cannes can do with those stilettos.

Even celebrities are against the outdated dress code.

Some vowed to stage protests.

Others have more appropriate punishments in mind for the rule makers.

Cannes Film Festival 2015 will soon to be known only as #HeelGate2015.

Citations: Outrage After Women Are Turned Away From The Red Carpet At Cannes For Wearing Flats (BuzzFeed)