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The “Flatgate” controversy at Cannes, in which several women were prevented from attending film premieres because of their choice in footwear — opting for ankle boots, platform sandals or flats instead of high heels — has led to a new petition that asks the festival to clarify the dress code for women.
The Care2 petition, which has already been signed by more than 2,700 supporters, calls on the organizers of the annual event to publicly “make a clear statement that flat shoes can be worn by anyone on the red carpet.”
Women aren’t the only ones being denied access, either. One male journalist was spotted in glittery tuxedo loafers, but was stopped by security at the entrance for the La Tete Haute screening on opening night. The shoes were apparently inappropriate because they weren’t black and lacked laces.
Emily Blunt is among those in Hollywood to deem the situation “very disappointing,” saying that “everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels anyway, that’s my point of view.”
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Meanwhile, festival director Thierry Fremaux has denied the high-heel policy.
“Not at all,” he tweeted. “The rumor that the festival requires high heels for women on the steps in unfounded.”
Find out more about the petition here.
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