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As of late, many of Hollywood's biggest and brightest men and women have been hopping on the feminist bandwagon and supporting efforts to advocate for equal gender treatment not only in the film industry but in all aspects of life. That being said, it comes as a shock to hear the latest news from the Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet. The renowned annual event has reportedly been kicking women out of the festival for not wearing high heels!

A group of women already invited to the prestigious event were allegedly turned away from a Carol screening by over zealous security guards who seemed to have taken the events "formal" dress code to a new extreme. To make matters worse, most of those turned away were women in their fifties with medical conditions that make it physically impossible to wear sky high stilettos. This latest blow to women ironically comes at a time when Cannes organizers were attempting to highlight female producers and directors in an attempt to bridge the gender gap in the film industry.

Even renowned actress Emily Blunt declared her disappointment for the unfortunate incident.

That’s very disappointing...We shouldn’t wear high heels, anyway. I prefer wearing Converse sneakers...You kind of think that there’s these new waves of equality and waves of people realizing that women are just as fascinating and interesting to watch, and as bankable. [But] it was interesting, with [Sicario], I think [the screenwriter] got asked early on if [he]’d rewrite my part for a guy

Looks like even Blunt is not immune to the sexism that taints Hollywood's industry. Thankfully Blunt's Sicario costars Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin jokingly vowed to wear the fashionable, albeit painful, footwear in protest against the ridiculous dress code.

Cannes might want to rethink their dress code policy for future film festivals. Red carpets are meant to be a place of fashion and film innovation rather than a place that stigmatizes women for simply opting for a much more comfortable form of foot wear...


What do you think of the whole high heel debacle?


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