Reviewed by Janet D. Pearl, MD, MSc
Screen Daily recently reported that a group of women were denied entry to a gala screening at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday May the 17th, for not wearing high-heeled shoes, despite some of them supposedly having medical reasons (Morton’s neuroma?) for wearing more practical and comfortable footwear.
Those who were outraged by the revelation were even more dismayed when learning of the irony that the film which these women were trying to see was Todd Haynes Carol – a lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett that focuses on the subject of women breaking free from social norms and stereotypes.
Into The Woods star, Emily Blunt, who was at the festival to support her new movie Sicario, responded that she thought that Cannes’ actions surrounding the dress code were “very disappointing.” She continued: “Everyone should wear flats to be honest. We shouldn’t be wearing high heels anyways. That’s my point of view. I just prefer wearing Converse sneakers.”
The 32-year-old finished her comment by suggesting that with all the latest advancements in women becoming more relevant and powerful in the cinema industry, to have them segregated for something as trivial as footwear is a backwards step. “To think there are these waves of equality and waves of people discovering that women are so fascinating and interesting to watch.”
Blunt isn’t the only one criticising Cannes for this newly-realised, extreme dress code however. More medical organization are documenting the link between high heels and Morton’s neuroma.
You don’t need to suffer from Morton’s neuroma. We treat Morton’s neuroma.
Emily Blunt supporting women and those who suffer from Morton’s neuroma.