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Cate Blanchett appears to be a walking tribute to the Palestinian flag at Cannes Red Carpet

Eagle-eyed social media users were quick to infer it was yet another show of support for Gaza from the Oscar winner

Cate Blanchett appeared to be a walking tribute to the Palestinian flag at Cannes Red Carpet.

The Australian actor, who is also one of the original Hollywood players who signed Artists4Ceasefire’s open letter to Joe Biden calling for an end to the war, donned an off-the-shoulder Jean Paul Gaultier gown – designed by the Colombian-born French designer Haider Ackermann.

At first glance, it appeared to be a black dress, however, as Blanchett walked the red carpet cameras captured the back of the dress, which was white.

As Blanchett lifted the hem of her dress, its green inner lining, became visible too.

And against the red carpet, Blanchett’s dress appeared to be a walking tribute to the Palestinian flag.

Cate – who is at the annual film festival to promote her upcoming film, Rumours – attended the premiere of Donald Trump biopic The Apprentice on Monday.

As soon as the images from the carpet went viral on social media, many netizens thought that Blanchett’s choice was not only a fashion statement but also a nod to what is and has been happening in Gaza, adding depth to her captivating appearance.

“When I grow up I want to become Cate Blanchett, and have the subtlety to think the carpet is already red, so I can just wear a black & white dress with green lining to make such a strong point,” Dr Zahira Jaser wrote on X.

“This is the voice of conscience. Conscience is the most elegant dress that suits humanity,” another user on the platform declared.

However, many came to clarify that her dress’s back was light pink back which looked photographed white.

Last November Blanchett called for a ceasefire and support of refugees at the European parliament.

“I am not Syrian. I am not Ukrainian. I am not Yemeni. I am not Afghani. I am not from South Sudan. I am not from Israel or Palestine. I am not a politician. I am not even a pundit. But I am a witness,” she said.

“And having witnessed the human cost of war, violence and persecution visiting refugees from across the globe, I cannot look away.

“Over the past few weeks, we have all, in horror, been watching the continuing violence in Israel and Gaza. The conflict has claimed – and is still claiming – thousands of innocent lives.”

Blanchett went on to “urge each and every one of you here today to stand firm in challenging the dangerous myth pedalled far too widely and stoking far too much fear and hostility that each and every refugee is headed here to Europe”.

According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, more than 35,647 Palestinians – mostly civilians including children and women– have been killed, and 79,652 have been injured, by Israel’s retaliatory offensive against Hamas since October 7.


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