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Katy Perry’s shoes resembling ‘blackface’ will be pulled from stores, reports say

Katy Perry’s shoes resembling ‘blackface’ will be pulled from stores, reports say

Katy Perry’s fashion line just took a hit today, since shoes from her line will reportedly be pulled from stores due to their resemblance to blackface.

The “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” and their high-heeled version, “Ora Face Block Heel Sandal” from the Katy Perry Collections label, have reportedly been pulled from shelves. The shoes are black with a design that mirrors a face with bright red lips, which many have said reflect blackface. The shoes sale for $129, and come in black, gold or beige, according to USA Today. The shoes have been sold at retailers like Dillards, Forever 21 and Lord Taylor.

“Sources connected to Katy tell us these specific shoes are just part of an entire line of shoes she’s designed and released … and they were never intended to be offensive,” TMZ first reported. “However, we’re told, ‘In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes.’”

The fashion world has had two blackface stumbles in the last few months, with Prada pulling a line with imagery resembling blackface in December. Just four days ago, Gucci apologized for selling a wool sweater with a red cutout for the mouth.

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Reactions on Twitter to the news were mixed, with some disapproving of the shoes.

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

Can we just make this a thing#causeascenehttps://t.co/5fo3wMKgJp pic.twitter.com/LRFw2bW9BC

— Kim Crayton 🏢 💻🎙#causeascene (@KimCrayton1) February 11, 2019

Another ignorant BLACKFACE fashion design. (GUCCI WAS FIRST). Me and my family are BURNING ALL OF OUR GUCCI AND KATY PERRY FASHIONS. WE MUST HAVE AN INSULT LEVEL FOLKS. https://t.co/bhRojHdVon

— Judge Greg Mathis (@JudgeGregMathis) February 11, 2019

katy perry is a disappointment https://t.co/ylQQXNwHi2

— ✨Ness (@Cafe_SinLeche) February 11, 2019

Wow @katyperry now too? Damn shame. https://t.co/wOERKCVQ2O

— K (@kasiaj777) February 11, 2019

Wait? What? Is this the friggin @TheOnion ?!

Do better @katyperry https://t.co/GdrFEcP50s

— Foxy Jackie Brown #TeamPelosi (@FoxyJackieBrown) February 11, 2019  

So you’re doing the blackface thing too. Very disappointed in you. I guess anything for a dollar right?

— Bk Mommie (@bk_mommie) February 11, 2019

You should be ashamed… pic.twitter.com/4Bjgf0hqjr

— chloe (@SCHAIR70) February 11, 2019

Others did not agree with the decision to pull the slip-ons from stores.

@katyperry why should u pull ur shoe line? No one says anything about Nick Cannon did whiteface few yrs ago or towards the end of last yr a not popular rap female singer did a whiteface on her album cover. Im tired of these 2 standards sensitive country. People r raising wimps!

— Lis (@LisaSpisa68b) February 11, 2019

As a journalist myself, i’m shocked that something this harmless would even make a news headline. Of course an organisation like @TMZ wants to cause public outrage for free views. These shoes are not offensive. I’m with you! #IStandWithKatyPerry

— Tiffany Blackwater (@TiffanyBlackwa1) February 11, 2019

Let’s trend this to show Katy Perry that katycats got her back #retweet @katyperry

— katy Perry info (@Jason26241191) February 11, 2019  

Katy Perry’s shoes… of blackface? I don’t get it at all. How can shoes have blackface? They’re literally just shoes. https://t.co/ODmGb5PkiK

— Tyler (@hardwhitegaga) February 11, 2019


The ONLY thing yall should be talking about is how hideous the shoe, which comes in different colors, is. Not associating it w/ malicious racism #IStandWithKatyPerry

— EVREN (@evrenperry) February 11, 2019

Blackface, according to the National Museum of African American History Culture, was part of entertainment intended to denigrate African-Americans.

“Minstrelsy, comedic performances of ‘blackness’ by whites in exaggerated costumes and make-up, cannot be separated fully from the racial derision and stereotyping at its core,” according from a post on the museum’s website.