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Katy Perry’s shoe label Katy Perry Collections has removed two designs from its website after sparking criticism for featuring blackface imagery. The shoes have also been pulled off shelves in major retailers such as Dillard’s and Forever 21.
The ‘Rue Face Slip On Loafer’ comes in three colorways—black, beige and gold—while the ‘Ora Face Block Heel Sandal’ is available in gold and black.
Both designs carry a triangular nose, exaggerated red lips and blue eyes. The footwear designs have caused a stir on the internet, with many people wondering how the shoes had manage to receive approval for retail in the first place.
One angry Twitter user wrote, “@katyperry are you actually serious right now?! blackface on a SHOE?! what is WRONG with you.” Another tweeted, “Ok, can we just make this a rule that ANY product, service or person that is NOT Black will NOT create, promote or apply any combination of BLACK + FACE Can we just make this a thing.”
This is Insider reported that Perry and Global Brands Group—a company she partnered with to launch Katy Perry Collections—have confirmed that the controversial shoes have been pulled from the website.
The shoes were“envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism.” Unfortunately it has missed its mark and instead, is being compared to “painful images reminiscent of blackface.” Perry is saddened by the controversy and apologized, saying that they never meant to inflict any pain to the public.
The backlash comes days after Gucci removed its sweater after inciting ire for portraying blackface.
‘Rue Face Slip On Loafer’
‘Ora Face Block Heel Sandal’
— Daniel 🌺🌆 (@daniellovesyooh) February 10, 2019
How does this keep happening with supposedly ‘luxury’ brands? No-one at Gucci clocked the similarity between the racist imagery of their $890 blackface jumper and Prada’s keychain – the latter of which was pulled from stores less than two months ago? Or do they just not care? pic.twitter.com/pNxTbuJeXV
— Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff (@CharlieBCuff) February 7, 2019
— Kieren Boyce (@ThatGyrlKieren) February 10, 2019
Katy Perry ‘Blackface’ Shoe to Be Pulled from Shelves
Ok, can we just make this a rule that ANY product, service or person that is NOT Black will NOT create, promote or apply any combination of BLACK + FACE
— Kim Crayton 🏢 💻🎙#causeascene (@KimCrayton1) February 11, 2019
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— Oscar G (@oscargc08) February 13, 2019