The Cannes film festival has been receiving some extreme backlash.
A group of women in their 50's were allegedly turned back at the red carpet screening of Todd Hayne's "Carol." The reason? They were wearing rhinestone flats instead of heels.
These women weren't the only ones "reprimanded" by the film festival for being sans stilettos. Asif Kapadia, director of the Amy Winehouse documentary "Amy" tweeted that his wife was denied entry for the same reason, though was eventually allowed in. Film producer Valeria Richter, whose foot has been amputated in some areas, was stopped by officials four times at the premiere for "The Sea of Trees" because she went without heels (although she was eventually let in as well).
Several film fans are protesting what they deem a "sexist dress-code policy," with actress Emily Blunt joining their ranks. When asked about the controversy at the press conference for her movie, "Sicario," Blunt said, “Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels anyway, but that's just my point of view... That’s very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality."
Ironically, a recurring theme amongst the films in this year's festival is about gender equality, with Carol, in particular, strongly promoting feminism.