“No shoes no service,” a warning many of us would see as odd before entering an establishment. Really, who needs to be told to wear shoes in public? So when last weeks Cannes Film Festival declared “no heels no entry,” you can imagine the reaction was mixed.
ScreenDaily was said to have broken the news after a group of women in their 50s were turned away from the screening of the movie “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara. Turned away for wearing…. Flat. Shoes.
The shoe scandal was soon hashtagged #flatgate online and read more like a faux pas fight on the Real Housewives of somewhere. However, the drama was heal… I mean real as it was reported as "multiple guests, some older with medical conditions, were denied access to the anticipated world premiere screening for wearing flats.”
Can you imagine walking one of the chicest red carpets in the world only to be turned away because of the height of your heel… “Wait! here is my Doctor’s note…” like trying to get out of gym class. It’s not sounding too chic.
Ironically, organizers of the Cannes Film Festival have been trying to put their best foot in recent years for the lack of women filmmakers represented at the festival. But clearly, they put the heels on and took a few step backwards even though this year women directors and producers have been featured.
This misstep attracted plenty of buzz and reaction over the weekend as a-list celebs were questioned about their stance on flatgate. Emily Blunt offered “Everyone should wear flats to be honest. We shouldn't be wearing high heels anyways. That's my point of view. I just prefer wearing Converse sneakers. That's very disappointing."
The festival's director did tweet the rumor that the festival required high heels for women was "unfounded." However, the incident served to underscore that much of the emphasis is placed on the glamour & fashion & not the films for which the festival exists.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? ARE RULES REQUIRING HEELS ON THE RED CARPET CHIC OR SHRIEK? SHOULD CELEBS SUCK IT UP FOR THE FEW FEET & ENJOY THE RED CARPET? LET US KNOW & SOUND OFF BELOW.