The Cannes Selfie Ban Isn’t Working

It’s only a few days into the Cannes Film Festival, but attendees are already defying the festival’s ban on selfies.

This year, festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux announced selfies would be outlawed on the red carpet, calling it a “grotesque” practice and safety concern. The ban also extends to posing for someone else to take a picture on the red carpet. Only professional press photographers are permitted to take photos.

“People fall down the stairs because they’re looking at their cell phones,” Fremaux announced during a press conference on Monday, adding that it brings red carpet traffic to a standstill as attendees try to enter the theatre. “Plus, you don’t come to Cannes to be seen but to see.”

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Signs are on display around the main venue instructing “no selfies or pictures on the red carpet.” The festival warns that selfie-takers can get booted out if they’re caught in the act, but many red carpet attendees have still been seen taking time to snap a selfie. Ban enforcers are present to stop shutterbugs, but reports indicate it’s selective at best.

While Hollywood A-listers haven’t been caught in the act yet, there are a few celebs who have spoken out in support of the selfie ban, including the queen of selfies, Paris Hilton.

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The hotel heiress and Cannes regular called the ban “amazing,” adding that it takes the pressure off being asked to pose for photos with fellow attendees on the red carpet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elizabeth Olsen has also spoken out in favour of the ban, as has Rosario Dawson, who herself snapped a Cannes selfie at the 2014 premiere of her film “The Captive”.

“I never ever do that, but I was like, ‘I’m at Cannes and everyone else is doing it,’ but just because everyone else is doesn’t mean you should too,” Dawson says.


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