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Cannes film festival bans "ridiculous and grotesque" red carpet selfies


By Gillian West | Social media manager

May 10, 2015 | 1 min read

Cannes International Film Festival - Festival de Cannes - has banned selfies from the red carpet calling them "ridiculous and grotesque".

Speaking at the launch festival director, Theirry Fremaux, said: "We are waging a campaign to slow down the contemporary practice of selfless on the red carpet and the steps. Beyond what we think, it's a practice that's often extremely ridiculous and grotesque.

"We don't want to prohibit it but it's really a matter of timing. We have a certain amount of time to get people across the red carpet and up the steps and it really slows things down if people stop every two metres to take a picture of themselves, with themselves."

Festival president, Pierre Lescure, added: "The red carpet goes around the world and we see people looking very good, and honestly you're never as ugly as on a selfie."

Fremaux said the festival would nor go as far as to police the ban "unfortunately".

We wonder what this'll mean for Cannes Lions selfies...

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