Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Katy Perry ‘Blackface’ Shoes Pulled From Stores

Katy Perry ‘Blackface’ Shoes Pulled From Stores

Less than a week after Dapper Dan, Spike Lee and Soulja Boy criticized Gucci for its apparel that looked like blackface, shoes from Katy Perry's line are receiving backlash for the same reason.

Social media roared, and Katy Perry listened.

The shoes, which come in black and neutral shades, feature a face design that includes blue eyes, a triangular nose and bright red lips.

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Sources close to Perry said the shoes are part of a larger design line and were never meant to be offensive. The shoes that, as the New York Post points out, evoke - intentionally or not - the racist imagery associated with blackface. In the commonwealth of Virginia, two top state officials confessed to wearing blackface in the past, and neither is willing to step down.

Retailers have pulled shoes from singer Katy Perry's namesake brand after they came under fire for resembling blackface.

Newsmax searched Perry's website, along with the websites for Walmart and Dillard's, but did not locate the aforementioned shoes that are called Rue Face Slip On Loafers and the Ora Face Block Heel Sandal. However, TMZ reported once Katy became aware of the uproar, she made the decision to remove the shoes.

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