The news has become such a topic of conversation at the festival, Emily Blunt even spoke out about the report this morning at a press conference for Sicario, her film that premieres at the festival tonight. "Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn't wear high heels," she said. "That's just my point of view — I love Converse sneakers. It's very disappointing. You think there are these new waves of equality, and people realizing that women are just as fascinating and interesting to watch." The director of Sicario, Denis Villeneuve, even said that he and the male stars of the film, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, would wear heels to the carpet tonight as a comment on the restrictions placed on women at the fest.
At least one woman we talked to successfully defied the requirement at last night's Louder Than Bombs premiere following the controversy. Samantha Baines, an actor and comedian, eschewed pumps and wedges in favor of a more down-to-earth pair of rhinestone slippers at the debut. "I wore flats as protest to the comment that all women HAVE to wear heels," she told us. "I was allowed on the red carpet and no one noticed!" Today, she even coined the hashtag #myfeetmybusiness on Twitter.