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Kelly Rowland Stands Her Ground During Clash with Red Carpet Usher at Cannes

Kelly Rowland Stands Her Ground During Clash with Red Carpet Usher at Cannes: The actress and Grammy-winning singer is speaking out about being “scolded” by an usher on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

Kelly Rowland made headlines at the Cannes Film Festival when she clashed with a red carpet usher during the premiere of “Marcello Mio.” Speaking to the Associated Press at the amfAR gala a few days later, Rowland confirmed she was “told to get off” the carpet.

“The woman knows what happened. I know what happened. I have a boundary and I stand by those boundaries and that is it,” Rowland said about the incident. “And there were other women that attended that carpet who did not quite look like me and they didn’t get scolded or pushed off or told to get off. I stood my ground and she felt like she had to stand hers. But I stood my ground.”

A video of the incident showed an usher twice beckoning towards Rowland, indicating she had to leave the carpet at the Palais des Festivals and walk up the stairs to enter the theater. A trio of ushers then walked around Rowland as she turned to wave at someone in the crowd behind her. Two more ushers appeared behind the singer with their hands out, blocking her view and directing her up the stairs. Rowland appeared to forcefully address one of the ushers amid the clash.

The Cannes Film Festival is known for its strict red carpet policies, which do not allow attendees to take selfies or use their cameras. Ushers often hurry guests into the theater and don’t allow them to linger on the carpet. The festival also had a notorious dress code policy that banned women who weren’t wearing heels from walking the red carpet, though this policy was changed after backlash during its 2015 edition.

Kelly Rowland’s clash with the red carpet usher highlights ongoing issues of discrimination and the enforcement of strict policies at prestigious events. Rowland’s experience emphasizes the importance of standing one’s ground and challenging unfair treatment, particularly in high-profile settings.

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