Kristen Stewart Protested Cannes' Ridiculous Dress Code On The Red Carpet

Going barefoot takes a lot of sole.

If you haven't been paying attention to this year's Cannes Film Festival you're missing some of the most interesting moments in recent cultural history.

First there were the Cannes vs Netflix wars, with the festival refusing to allow the streaming service to enter films that weren't first released in French cinemas.

There was also a major protest on the red carpet where jury president Cate Blanchett was joined by 81 other women silently standing to highlight just how few women directors have been accepted into the official competition.

Standing on the steps of the Palais, Blanchett called out for a change in gender representation in Cannes and across the industry as a whole.

Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise."

"As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress."

Now Kristen Stewart has staged a protest of her own with one simple, tiny gesture. Walking the red carpet for the premiere of Spike Lee's BlackKkKlansman, Stewart took off her shoes.

Kristen Stewart Cannes Film Festival Protest
Stewart stopped before climbing the steps to the Palais to remove her shoes. Image: Antonin Thuillier/AFP/Getty Images

It may seem minor but here's the thing: the festival requires all female guests to wear high heels to premieres at the Palais. In 2015 a group of women, some of whom had medical conditions, were barred from entering while wearing flats.

In response to questioning during a round table Stewart said, "Things have to change immediately".

Stewart walked past press in the rain, holding her shoes in her hand. Image: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

"It’s just like you simply cannot ask me to do something that you are not asking him. I get the black-tie thing but you should be able to do either version—flats or heels."

A small gesture, yes, but it packs a pretty big message and puts more pressure on the historic Film Festival to adapt with the times.

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