Katy Perry is next in line to offend with "blackface" shoes

Lewis Collier
February 12, 2019

TMZ reported Monday that Katy Perry Collections, the pop star's fashion brand, is in the process of removing two shoe offerings from Dillard's after some online criticism that they resembled blackface caricatures.

Perry's whimsical "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and the high-heeled version, "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal", will reportedly disappear from shelves, with retailers apparently trying to head off any controversy surrounding the shoes. However, the black style has critics pointing out the resemblance to classic blackface makeup.

Just days after Gucci was forced to halt production on a range of sweaters accused of being blackface, a range of shoes by singer Katy Perry has angered fans for apparently pulling the same trick. See the shoes below.

"I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface", Katy says in a statement.

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According to TMZ, the shoes were being sold at Dillard's and Walmart. "We have immediately removed them".

Blackface is a centuries-old practice rooted in depicting a negative stereotype of black people in Europe and the US.

In the UK Katy's shoe collection is available through Amazon, but neither The Rue or The Ora are on sale.

The Italian luxury brand apologized for its "wool balaclava jumper", which pulls up over the nose and includes a cutout for the mouth with oversized red lips.

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