HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Gender & Orientation » History of Feminism (Group) » Women turned away from Ca...

Tue May 19, 2015, 10:38 AM

Women turned away from Cannes for wearing flats

Presented without comment.

http://flavorwire.com/newswire/women-turned-away-from-cannes-premiere-of-feminist-romance-for-wearing-flats/

If you haven’t noticed, there’s a bit of a quiet revolution going on in the vapid and mostly intolerable “red carpet” world, with actors and filmmakers suggesting press might wanna push their questions beyond dresses and diets. So in the midst of such a radical—yet long overdue—rethinking of red carpet protocols, a particularly noxious bit of unofficial dress code policy at the Cannes Film Festival is striking an especially sour note.

According to Screen Daily, a group of women in their ‘50s were refused entry to a screening of the new Todd Haynes film Carol — a film about the romance between two women in the 1950s. The offense? Wearing rhinestone flats.

“The festival declined to comment on the matter,” writes Screen Daily’s Andreas Wiseamn, “but did confirm that it is obligatory for all women to wear high-heels to red-carpet screenings.” The site also notes Senna and Amy director Asif Kapadia tweeted his wife was nearly turned away from a screening herself for the same reason.

Backlash has been swift, with Emily Blunt calling out the policy at a press conference for her new film Sicario (“That’s very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality”). The festival quickly attempted to walk back the controversy; director Thierry Frémaux called the “rumor” “unfounded,” while spokeswoman Christine Aime says the whole thing was a big misunderstanding. “There is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels as well as for men’s,” she told the AP. “Thus, in order to make sure that this rule is respected, the festival’s hosts and hostesses were reminded of it.”

5 replies, 1270 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 5 replies Author Time Post
Reply Women turned away from Cannes for wearing flats (Original post)
Recursion May 2015 OP
Mnemosyne May 2015 #1
HassleCat May 2015 #2
Recursion May 2015 #3
ismnotwasm May 2015 #4
PassingFair May 2015 #5

Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 10:59 AM

1. I've never owned a pair of heels, platforms destroyed my ankles in the 70's. nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 11:01 AM

2. The Other Extreme

 

What if someone showed up wearing those incredible 6 inch prostitute shoes, in a particularly tasteless color, with some sexual reference spelled out in sequins? Would that be OK? It probably would. As much as the French pride themselves on their sense of style, they often fail to pick up on the fine line between glamor and excess.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to HassleCat (Reply #2)

Tue May 19, 2015, 12:16 PM

3. I see your point

But I have to agree that in practice it probably would be OK.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 01:01 PM

4. Another symptom of the world treating women like children

Last edited Tue May 19, 2015, 01:45 PM - Edit history (1)

Women can dress themselves, heels, flats -- their choice

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Reply to this thread