‘Flatgate’ controversy trips up Cannes

CANNES, France — The shoe scandal was immediately dubbed “Flatgate.”

Tongues were set wagging Tuesday when Screen International reported that women were turned away from Sunday night’s gala premiere of Carol at Cannes Film Festival because they weren’t wearing required high heels.

“Multiple guests, some older with medical conditions, were denied access to the anticipated world premiere screening for wearing rhinestone flats,” the trade publication wrote.

The result was political fashion mayhem for the glamorous film festival.


Emily Blunt, on hand to promote her upcoming action drama Sicario, threw fuel on the fire when she expressed dismay at the movie’s news conference.

“That’s very disappointing,” said Blunt, who plays an FBI agent. In her view, the ruling signified the continuing struggle for women in the film industry. “To think there are these waves of equality and waves of people discovering that women are so fascinating and interesting to watch and bankable (on screen).”

Blunt, who wore heels to the Sicario premiere Tuesday evening, expressed a wish to do away with the problematic footwear.

“Everyone should wear flats, to be honest,” the actress said. “We shouldn’t be wearing high heels anyway … I just prefer wearing Converse sneakers.”

The heel storm came during a festival where female filmmakers have taken center stage.

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