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Cannes High Heel Rule: Outrage Explodes After Amputee Is Stopped

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:16 AM

The Cannes high heel rule is facing major backlash after several women in their 50s and even a partial amputee were turned away from screenings this week because they were wearing flat shoes.

According to ScreenDaily.com, security guards at the premiere of "Carol," an ironically feminist film starring Cate Blanchett, turned away a handful of women who were not wearing high heels Sunday night. Film festival organizers instituted the shoe mandate along with a "no selfies on the red carpet" rule this year.

At Saturday's "Sea of Trees" screening, film producer Valeria Richter, who has part of her left foot amputated, was stopped four times on the carpet, BBC News reported.

"They pointed their finger at my shoe and then were waving their fingers at me," she told the BBC, adding that she was eventually allowed inside. "It was quite obvious it was my shoes that was an issue. Obviously, I could wave my foot at them, and that would make the situation a little awkward for them, because I had a visible explanation [for not wearing heels]".

Other celebrities also spoke out about the high heel rule.

“We shouldn’t wear high heels anyway,” actress Emily Blunt told the press Tuesday at the premiere of her film "Sicario." After the screening, Blunt reportedly changed into flats in protest. "Everyone should wear flats to be honest. That's my point of view. I just prefer wearing Converse sneakers."

Many Twitter users were outraged by the reports of people being turned away from Cannes for their shoes.









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