Friday, 22 February, 2019

Katy Perry's ‘blackface’ shoes to be pulled from shelves after outcry

Katy Perry Katy Perry’s Controversial Blackface Shoes To Be Pulled From Retailers
Herman Weaver | 12 February, 2019, 16:09

Sources close to the singer tell TMZ that Katy designed the shoes in question, that is part of an entire line of shoes that were never meant to be offensive.

At the time of writing, neither pair of shoes is available on Katy Perry Collections' site nor on Dillard's online, though they were available on Dillard's earlier Monday.

The sandals and loafers, designed with a face featuring prominent red lips, are no longer on sale at retailers including Walmart. Both shoes, which sell for $129, come in black, gold or beige.

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While the styles are part of a larger collection and were never meant to be offensive, they are now being pulled "in order to be respectful and sensitive", a source told TMZ. However, TMZ reported once Katy became aware of the uproar, she made the decision to remove the shoes.

The backlash isn't without warning, as Perry was already criticised for the shoes when she first shared a design on Instagram in August 2018.

Additionally, the news comes on the heels of several other fashion faux pas, including the removal of a Gucci sweater from retailers last week for a similar issue as well as Prada's own brush with blackface for a monkey bag charm that resembled the racist makeup in December. The black shoe is still listed on Lord & Taylor, but is out of stock. According to Gucci, the top was "immediately removed" from its website and all physical stores. The black model could be construed to look like someone wearing blackface.

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