Australian actress Cate Blanchett made a bold statement at a Cannes Film Festival party hosted by Variety and the Golden Globes on Friday.
Cate stood in solidarity with Iranian Women by going barefoot at Cannes Film Festival where heels are mandatory for women. Taking off one's heels has become a political symbol on the French Riviera in the last few years. She presented Holy Spider star Zahra Amir Ebrahimi with a breakthrough artiste's award, who was emotional when she called attention to her home country Iran, which is "executing innocent people".
While presenting Holy Spider star Zahra Amir Ebrahim with a breakthrough artiste's award, the actress grabbed the trophy and joked, "This is to stab everyone who stands in the way of women's rights. Up the vajayjay!" Vajayjay is the jocular expression for the vagina.
Meanwhile, an emotional Ebrahimi called attention to her home country Iran, which is "executing innocent people". She said, "I always thought being an actress was a paradox: serving the emotions of your own and being a flag or mirror or light. This award celebrates this paradox."
Kate attended the red carpet event on the premiere of her latest film, The New Boy.