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February 28, 2008

Diablo Cody says “no” to Wearing $1M+ Shoes to the Oscars- Indie Cred or Publicity Stunt?

Filed under: Shoes — luxebeaute @ 5:34 pm

This year for the Oscars, Stuart Weitzman has decided to choose Diablo Cody, Oscar nominee for the screenplay of Juno, to wear his “Retro Rose” pumps worth over $1 million. The  shoe features two Kwiat diamond roses fixed to 1940s-style beige metallic T-strap high heels and over 1,800 Kwiat diamonds weighing 100 carats were actually used to make the roses, 400 of them have been incorporated into the design of the shoe.

But according to the Associated Press reports , Diablo might be the first star since Weitzman instituted this tradition to refuse to wear the headline-making shoes. She said Yesterday, my stylist took me to go try on my Oscar shoes, which were made for me by Stuart Weitzman. They were sparkly. Kind of retro. With hefty brooches to be affixed atop each narrow toebox. I was pleased, but it wasn’t, like, an event.Today, I read this. NEWS TO ME, kids. I must have somehow missed the part where my shoes cost a MILLION FUCKING DOLLARS and my “choice” of footwear would be publicized nationwide. I honestly thought they were just sparkly shoes. Mr. Weitzman did mention that the diamonds were real when I tried them on, but I’m not Nancy Rockman, Expert Gemologist. I didn’t, you know, bust out my miniature spyglass and assess the potential worth of my kicks. I swear to God, I have the most bizarre life. Truly This looks really attention-whorey, and for once, I didn’t do it on purpose. I’m flattered that they picked me (surprise!) to wear the Pimp Shooz, but WTF, right? ETA: I’m actually really pissed about this, now that I think about it. They’re using me to publicize their stupid shoes and NOBODY ASKED ME. I would never consent to a lame publicity stunt at a time when I already want to hide. I’m sorry if I sound like a party-pooper, but Jeebus.

“I would expect she probably won’t wear them. She made that very clear,” Weitzman later told the AP about the issue during a telephone interview Saturday night. “If she decides not to wear the shoes, that’s Diablo’s decision, and I wouldn’t try to convince her otherwise. It’s Diablo’s day, and she can do whatever she wants.” Weitzman says he made the cost of the metallic beige shoes clear to Cody when he met with her. He blames Cody’s behind-the-scenes team for not communicating the value of the shoes to the Oscar-nominated screenwriter.

And a few days later into all of this hooplah she was quoted as stating , “If I had a million dollars I would help people.”

As the Saga Continues: But now it looks as if Stuart Weitzman may have finally lost his classy cool- well not really, he just decided to speak out and defend his work after all of Diablo Cody’s unnecessary passive aggressive shoe bashing to the press… Stuart Weitzman tells TMZ that Diablo actually selected the shoes herself, even choosing diamond roses to adorn them-humn…  “I have been making a special pair of shoes to be worn at the Academy Awards for a number of years. This year – more so than in any previous year – the lady who was given the opportunity to wear it was quite involved in the design process. Diablo Cody sent me examples of the type of shoes she liked and actually did the final selection herself, choosing a three-inch retro style T-strap as well as a changeover pair of ballerinas. She chose to adorn the shoes with medium-sized diamond roses from three different sizes offered to her. Why she seems to be so surprised as to the attention being paid to her and these shoes, I cannot answer. It should certainly come as no surprise that a one-of-a-kind pair of shoes would generate excitement at the Academy Awards.”

So while at first I was completely in Diablo Cody’s corner with a “right on girl!” type salute for her socially conscious moral decision making, now I am just starting to wonder if it was all a media ploy or not… I think the only way anyone will ever really know the real deal is by watching to see if she does or does not turn into a Diva. And since we know damn well she’s gonna have a few million to herself pretty soon (if she doesn’t already), let’s wait and see if she indeed gives a big ole’ chunk of that to charity.

[And tho’ completely irrelevant to the “shoe” issue, why all the hate on this woman? Yeah she’s a bitch but let’s be cautious not to confuse pride  with unwarranted egomaniacal behavior. After all, she is a stripper who became the first woman to win an Oscar! On the flip side, while some of the stuff she says in interviews makes me laugh because she appears to be an utterly real and off the cuff shit disturber, it can go from fem indie awesome to CourtneyLoveitis in an instant]


  1. It sounds like you’re saying she should be grateful to recieve an oscar as she was ‘just some stripper’… I hope I am wrong – credit where credits due because Juno was a wonderful film. I can only imagine that there were a few emails back and forth, but on discovering the excessive cost and publicity that went into that, she realised there was some exploiting going on.

    Comment by Elle — November 12, 2009 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

    • No, not at all my opinion or intention. The only reason I mention she was a stripper at one time is to emphasize how far she has come, and that she owns a sense of normalcy. On subject, I was more interested in seeing if she would become some brat starlette due to her success or not (if this was a publicity stunt on her end)- she never did. She maintained her dignity and integrity to this day when it comes to Hollywood superficiality, and appears to refuse to compromise her sense/value of what is and is not important. Good for her I say!

      Comment by luxebeaute — November 12, 2009 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

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