Katy Perry’s Controversial Blackface Shoes To Be Pulled From Retailers

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Katy Perry attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

The pair of shoes by the singer's fashion brand Katy Perry Collections has come under criticism for evoking black racist stereotypes and has since been pulled from its online shelves, TMZ reported.

The shoes in question are the Rue Face slip-on loafers and Ora Face block heel sandal, black-leather shoes, which feature blue eyes, a nose and red lips, sparking outrage that the styles resemble "blackface". The problem is the black one is troublesome considering the long, racist history of blackface makeup.

Katy Perry may be in the midst of doing some major damage control.

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Perry's shoe line, which was available at stores like Dillard's and Walmart, has faced accusations of showing depictions of blackface. "Can we just make this a thing".

Global Brands Group, Katy Perry's joint venture partner for her footwear line, did not immediately respond to FN's request for comment.

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.

"In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", the insider shared. The black model could be construed to look like someone wearing blackface.

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