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Cannes Film Festival turns women away from screening of LGBT romance 'Carol' for wearing flat shoes

Published 19/05/2015 | 09:26

Cast member Cate Blanchett poses on the red carpet as she leaves after the screening of the film
Cast member Cate Blanchett poses on the red carpet as she leaves after the screening of the film "Carol" in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes
Actress Cate Blanchett, director Todd Haynes, and actress Rooney Mara during a photocall for the film Carol

A furore has erupted at Cannes as the Film Festival turned women away from a screening of pro-LGBT romance Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, for not wearing high heels on the red carpet.

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Screendaily.com reports that a handful of women in thier 50s, some with medical conditions, were turned away from the Todd Haynes entry for wearing 'rhinestone flats'.

The fact that the film is about a lesbian romance in which the protagonist fights against societal norms only added to the women's ire.

Also, Cannes has been making efforts to give female directors and producers greater representation at the festival.

The website reports that the festival declined to comment on the incident but reiterated that it is obligatory for all women to wear high heels on the red carpet.

Twitter has erupted with indignation about the incident which happened on Sunday night.

Send me to Cannes. I have important flats-wearing intimidatorylooming to do. https://t.co/p18p54nKDX

— EwaS-R (@EwaSR) May 19, 2015

*thinks* If I were at Cannes, I’d wear flats - but have some heels ON MY HANDS. Yeah - ban THAT motherfuck#cannesheels

— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) May 19, 2015

*angrily stomps up Cannes red carpet* “Yeah, I’ve got my heels" *points to head* https://t.co/o3gAf8lQcf

— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) May 19, 2015

Cannes is such an outdated embarrassing piece if shit festival tho. booing, high heels, yachts SOUNDS EXHAUSTING

— robyn(@ucrazyutaraptor) May 19, 2015

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