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Actresses Cry Sexism on Cannes Red Carpet Rule

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Looks like the Cannes Film Festival has really stepped in it this time.

High-profile actresses including mom Emily Blunt are putting their foot down on an alleged rule imposed by the prestigious festival held annually in the south of France.

The festival reportedly called out women for wearing flats on the red carpet instead of heels to one of its invite-only premieres. Female stars have begun calling the rule sexist and are saying this is a huge step backward on the path to gender equality.

In fact, in a press conference for her film "Sicario," Blunt said the rule was "very disappointing."

"Everyone should wear flats," she added.

The issue, which some outlets are calling Flatgate, allegedly started when a group of women in their 50s arrived at a festival premiere wearing rhinestone flats—some of them had medical conditions that required them to wear flat shoes. The women were then rejected entry because of their shoe choice.

Cannes' rules state that men must wear black tie attire with black shoes, while women must be dressed elegantly with smart footwear.

When asked about the rules, festival director Thierry Fremaux responded via tweet (in French), saying, "The rumor that the festival requires high heels for women on the steps is unfounded."

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