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Emily Blunt Responds To Cannes Film Festival Dress Code

by Anna Halkidis
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No heels apparently means no entry for women at the annual Cannes Film Festival this year.

After Screen Daily reported several middle-aged women were denied entry to the screening of Todd Haynes’ Carol starring Cate Blanchett on Sunday night for wearing flats, many women were outraged.

Angry users took to social media to slam the ban by posting photos of their flat shoes along with the hashtag #showmeyourflats. Some even suggested that women should “boycott” the festival next year. Others deemed the rule “outdated” and “sexist.”

Actress Emily Blunt also boldly condemned the festival’s fashion rule while promoting her new thriller Sicario at a press conference:

“I think everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels anyway.

That’s just my point of view. I just prefer wearing Converse sneakers,” she said, adding, “That’s very disappointing.”

However, the acclaimed festival, held from May 13–24, defended its stance in a statement: “Regarding the dress code for the red carpet screenings, rules have not changed throughout the years (Tuxedo, formal dress for Gala screenings) and there is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels as well as for men’s.”

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See actress Emily Blunt's full response below.