Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

"Stop the attack on Gaza": the protest at the Cannes film festival

Kristen Stewart made a statement on the Cannes red carpet, removing her heels seemingly in protest at the strict dress code.

Kristen Stewart attended the screening of the film "Black all kinds of things over" by spike Lee.

Lebanese actor Manal Issa used the worldwide premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the Cannes Film Festival to protest Israeli snipers killing more than 100 Palestinian protesters and wounding 12,000 more over the course of six weeks of protests.

CANNES-The issue of high heels at Cannes has been a spiky one in recent years.

"I feel like you can't ask people that any more - it's a given".

"If you're not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you can't ask me either", she stated emphatically at the time.

In an effort to put an end to the age-old sexist tradition, the member of the jury, Kristen has begun speaking out against the dress code and the sexist fashion expectations at the event.

82 women including Kristen Stewart, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek walked the red carpet to protest the number of female directors selected by Cannes i.e. 82 as compared with more than 1600 male directors since 1946.

In 2015, Emily Blunt called the rule "very disappointing" and said that "everyone should wear flats, to be honest".

The high split of her gown allowed her to show off her lean legs, which were elongated by a pair of silver heels. "That's my point of view".

That same year, Julia Roberts went barefoot on the Cannes red carpet.

BlacKkKlansman, which tells the story of an African-American infiltrating the KKK and stars John David Washington and Adam Driver, was given a standing ovation at the end of its premiere on Monday night.

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