Cannes Film Festival Actually Turned Away an Amputee for Not Wearing Heels

Once you get out of high school, dress codes aren't really something you tend to think about anymore, but they're making headlines for the A-list this week, and numerous female attendees to the Cannes Film Festival have been turned away for not donning high heels -- including an amputee who could not physically wear them!


Valeria Richter is a Danish film producer who has had part of her foot amputated, and therefor cannot walk in heels. She says she was stopped four times at the film festival and told, "No, no, no, this won't work, you can't get in like this," and told to go purchase appropriate heels.

She's not the only middle-aged woman who was turned away for wearing flats. Reports have emerged that several ladies were denied entry to the Sunday premiere of Todd Haynes' '50s lesbian romance "Carol" because they weren't wearing heels.

On Tuesday, British beauty Emily Blunt said it was "very disappointing, obviously." She said, "Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn't wear high heels anyway, that's my point of view ... You kind of think that there's these new waves of equality and waves of people realizing that women are just as fascinating and interesting to watch, and bankable."

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Richter was ultimately allowed access to the festival. "Obviously I could show [the amputation] off to the officials and that would make the situation a little awkward for them, because they could see that I maybe couldn't wear heels and I had a reasonable explanation," she said. "But many of my colleagues who just can't wear heels, some of them were rejected and could not come in."

The festival organizers deny claims that women must wear high heels. A spokesperson told BBC, "Rules have not changed throughout the years (tuxedo, formal dress for gala screenings) and there is no specific mention about the height of the women's heels as well as for men's."

It's hard to know exactly what's what here, but it seems hard to imagine so many complaints coming out from the event unless it actually happened.

Do you think demanding high heels for women at an event is acceptable or ludicrous?


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