At the 76th Cannes Film Festival, Iris Mittenaere was the centre of attention in her beautiful lavender princess dress. Unfortunately, she was met with animosity from some social media users, who were perplexed as to why she was present on the Croisette. The young woman was bombarded with harsh criticism, such as “You have nothing to do on the red carpet” and “But why on the steps of the Cannes Film Festival?”. One individual even commented: “In the world of culture and cinema, others deserve to be even more in the spotlight, sad world that is becoming more and more superficial. Culture pulls people up, luxury influencers pull disadvantaged people down”. Refusing to be silenced, Iris took the time to explain why she had been invited to the prestigious event. She wrote: “Hello, the cinema is sorely lacking in funding because people are going to the movies less and less. Public personalities have always come to highlight the Cannes Film Festival and cinema (like top models Bella etc.) to invite people to discover new films, to go to the movies, and to allow cinema to live. The festival also needs financial partners to survive, and today these partners need to be highlighted thanks to influencers or celebrities who walk the red carpet. Cinema and films need maximum visibility. And in 2023, influencers as you say, have the power to present it to millions of people in a fraction of a second. That’s why they call on them”. Her clear and lucid explanation silenced many of the internet users.