It's a little-known fact about the Cannes Film Festival that all screenings have a dress code in effect. And it's not your basic "no shirt, no shoes, no service" agreement, either: Written into the rules is a clause stating that women are required to wear high heels to all Cannes events, or be denied entry.
The origins of this dress code are a mystery, as are its reasons for continuing to exist (why do you want to hurt women's feet, Cannes Film Festival?).
But it does exist, and it's being enforced, to the great annoyance of many in attendance -- including Emily Blunt, who didn't hesitate to express her feelings about the high-heels requirement when a reporter mentioned to her that women were being turned away from screenings for failing to sport uncomfy shoes.
According to Variety, the subject came up during Blunt's appearance to discuss her new movie, "Sicario."
The actress's response: "I think everyone should wear flats, to be honest,” she said. “We shouldn’t wear high heels anymore. That’s just my point of view. I prefer to wear Converse sneakers. That’s very disappointing.”
Meanwhile, Cannes isn't commenting on its "heels only" policy, except to confirm that it does indeed exist. But that's why it would be so great if a critical mass of A-listers were to follow in Emily Blunt's sensible footsteps, show up to their screenings in flats (if not Chucks), and score a decisive victory against both stupid, sexist dress codes and the painful orthopedic maladies caused by pinchy stilettos.