It’s being called ‘Heelgate’ and it is the latest controversy to rear its head at the Cannes film festival this year. Should we brand it the heights of stupidity or an all new low at Cannes? We’re undecided on which is more appropriate, in response to a series of shocking media reports that suggest a handful of women in flat shoes were turned away from the red carpet at the prestigious film fest.
Quoting from The Guardian, “A group of women in their 50s were turned away from the gala screening of Todd Haynes’s Carol for allegedly not wearing high-heeled shoes, according to industry newspaper Screen Daily. The women, some of whom had medical conditions, were apparently barred entry for wearing rhinestone flats.”
If that report didn’t leave us incredulous enough (we thought women’s lib had been dealt with adequately in the Sixties and Seventies), we were horrified to hear filmmaker Asif Kapadia corroborating this story. “Happened to my wife (eventually let in),” Kapadia confirmed only hours ago via Twitter, causing a fresh uproar on the subject. While Kapadia’s documentary on Amy Winehouse is winning kudos from critics, his wife’s experience with the ‘gatekeepers’ at Cannes gets a unanimous thumbs down.
No doubt, with actress Emily Blunt also voting in favour of flat shoes for women on the red carpet, this debate has far from died down. The long and short of it, as far as we’re concerned, is that we vote for equality. We’re not championing the cause of flip flops, but it is entirely ridiculous to suggest flats cannot be formal!
It seems a gauntlet has been thrown down and perhaps it is time for the battalion of actresses and other female Cannes attendees to respond by accepting our royal challenge: ladies, be bold and go flat. You simply shouldn’t take this lying down!
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