Social Media got hyper when women wearing flat-soles were turned away from the premier of Carol by The Cannes Film Festival’s organizers on Sunday night. According to Screen, a number of women in their 50s were denied access to the showing of Todd Haynes’ Carol on Sunday night. It claimed the women were wearing rhinestone flats at the time – and said that the subject matter of the film itself – a lesbian romance starring Cate Blanchett about fighting against societal norms – added to the outrage of those turned away.
The Cannes Film Festival’s organisers have defended turning women away from red-carpet film screenings if they weren’t wearing high heels. A spokesperson for Cannes said: “Regarding the dress code for the red carpet screenings, rules have not changed throughout the years. 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.”
Vicci Ho, a Cannes regular and former festival programmer, wrote on Twitter that she was “almost turned away” for wearing leather flats, despite doing so because she was suffering ankle problems. She later wrote on the site that the enforcement of the dress code had been “ridiculous this year”. These were some of the Tweets on Cannes’ ludicrous ‘dress-code’:
And some for wearing pans!Or told that their dress was “too ugly”. To depend on security men subjectivity is Scary!! https://twitter.com/screendaily/status/600576138386251776 …
Why the hell did they hold a talk on ‘Gender equality in Cinema’ when they believe in such antique sexist norms???