Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Katy Perry's shoe collection pulls two styles over blackface controversy

Katy Perry's shoe collection pulls two styles over blackface controversy

Both the "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal" are designed with large, blue eyes and red lips against a beige or black background. Well, we've got a new blackface controversy in the fashion world and this one is courtesy of Katy Perry.

Perry's sources say the shoes were part of a line of shoes that she designed and were never meant to be offensive. The singer says she was saddened when she learned they were being compared to blackface and were "immediately removed" from the company's website. The black one is problematic, because it looks a lot like classic blackface makeup, which the fashion world does not seem to recognizetime and again.

"Our intention was never to inflict any pain", she said in a joint statement with Global Brands Group.

The shoes, which were made in black and nude, are no longer for sale at US retailers like Walmart and Dillard's, according to reports.

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The blackface practice became particularly popular in the mid to late 19th century, as a key element of minstrel shows - when white actors would depict often-racist tropes of African-Americans including plantation slaves.

Social media users, including singer Masika Kalysha, have attacked the singer over the shoes, insisting, like the Gucci jumper, they appear to mock people of colour. "And I'm completely sure that people would complain if the shoes didn't have a black version!".

TMZ's report about Perry's shoes comes days after Gucci apologised for and pulled a balaclava sweater that people accused of looking like blackface.

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