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Katy Perry ‘Blackface’ Shoes Pulled From Shelves

By Fabiola Antunes
In Beauty & Fashion
February 12, 2019
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These shoes of the fashion line of Katy Perry have been criticized for evoking racist imagery - Image source: Twitter/nypost. These shoes of the fashion line of Katy Perry have been criticized for evoking racist imagery – Image source: Twitter/nypost.

Fashion line of Katy Perry is pulling a number of shoes from retailers including Dillards and Walmart after one of the styles was criticized for evoking racist imagery, according to a report by Nate Nickolai of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.

The style in question, present on the line’s Rue Face Slip On Loafers and Ora Face Block Heel Sandal,”featured large, blue eyes and and a pair of even larger red lips set to the lower part of the shoes all priced at $129.

Although the shoes come in two colors, black and beige, only their black counterparts have drawn criticism due to their resemblance to classic blackface makeup.

“Empire” director-writer Eric Haywood called out the shoes of Katy Perry Collection on Twitter, writing “Black History Month…Day 11!”

“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,” wrote one Twitter user. “Can we just make this a thing.”

Both shoes have also disappeared from the Katy Perry Collections website, which offers a number of other shoe options including sneakers, boots and flats.

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.

© Variety

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