Emily Blunt spoke out about a rule at the Cannes Film Festival involving women wearing high heels. Yes, in a world where equality is supposed to reign, a rule at Cannes mandates women can’t attend premieres or certain social events if they aren’t wearing heels.
This is absurd.
The Into the Woods actress is at Cannes promoting her latest film, Sicario. She spoke out about the sexist practice during a press conference on Tuesday. She was asked about a report in which women were turned away from a screening of Carol because they wore rhinestone encrusted flats instead of the mandatory high heels. The group turned away included much older women and even some with medical conditions.
“Yeah, that’s very disappointing,” Emily Blunt said. “To think there are these waves of equality and waves of people discovering that women are so fascinating and interesting to watch and bankable [on-screen].”
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) May 19, 2015
Emily Blunt isn’t a fan of high heels–and she definitely doesn’t think people should be forced to wear them.
“Everyone should wear flats to be honest,” she said. “We shouldn’t be wearing high heels anyways. That’s my point of view. I just prefer wearing Converse sneakers.”
— Mashable (@mashable) May 19, 2015
While Screen Daily reports that festival reps “confirm that it is obligatory for all women to wear high-heels to red-carpet screenings,” Cannes festival director Thierry Frémaux responded to the talk on Twitter on Tuesday, calling the rumors “unfounded.”
Do you agree with Emily Blunt, that this rule about high heels at Cannes is archaic?
It’s hard to fathom in this day and age that such a rule is even a consideration. While dress codes have their place, there are certainly many options for dressy flats that are just as appropriate for any event as high heels.