Emily Blunt Sounds Off on Cannes’ Shoe Policy

Well here’s something outdated and bizarre: women were allegedly turned away from the red carpet of the Cate Blanchett film, “Carol,” for not wearing high heels.

Really. And do you know who agrees with us? Emily Blunt.

Calling the situation “very disappointing,” the actress essentially called for something of a high heels boycott.

“Everyone should wear flats, to be honest,” she told The Telegraph. “We shouldn’t wear high heels anyway. I prefer wearing Converse.”

“It’s very disappointing, obviously,” she continued. “You kind of thought there were waves of people realizing that women are just as fascinating and interesting to watch, and just as bankable as men.”

Preach! Even better? Director Denis Villeneuve — who directed Blunt in “Sicario” — joked that he and the film’s other star, Benicio Del Toro, would wear heels on the red carpet to their premiere in protest.

But seriously, how incredibly messed up is this? Screen Daily was the first to report on the Cannes red carpet conditions, saying that as many as 50 women weren’t allowed on the “Carol” red carpet because their shoes weren’t “tall” enough. (WTF?) These included women who were older and/or had medical conditions, too, so there’s that.

And what did Cannes have to say? Oh, nothing: just that it’s “obligatory for all women to wear high heels to red carpet screenings.” Cool! Also, this rule is incredibly perplexing and straight-up wrong. Do you guys think Cannes knows that not even  the fashion industry insists on high heels at events so diligently? Also, that they’re playing by some seriously damaging gender rules?

Get it together, Cannes.

Tags: Anne T. Donahue, cannes, Cannes 2015, Denis Villeneuve, high heels, ready, sexism

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