Katy Perry’s Shoes Resembling Blackface Are Reportedly Being Pulled From Shelves

Katy Perry’s Shoes Resembling Blackface Are Reportedly Being Pulled From Shelves

Katy Perry’s Shoes Resembling Blackface Are Reportedly Being Pulled From Shelves

Katy Perry has removed two items from her shoe range after complaints that one of the designs was racist.

According to TMZ, in the latest incident, Katy Perry's shoe is about to be yanked from retailers like Dillard's and Walmart for what is being described as design features that closely resemble blackface.

The sandals and loafers, designed with a face featuring prominent red lips, are no longer on sale at retailers including Walmart.

Two pairs in Perry's eponymous shoe line, Katy Perry Collections, sparked controversy for what people are calling a racist design.

Sources close to Perry said the shoes are part of a larger design line and were never meant to be offensive. See the shoes below. The singer says she was saddened when she learned they were being compared to blackface and were "immediately removed" from the company's website.

Katy Perry at the Grammy awards this week.

Singer Masika Kalysha broached the topic on social media, calling for Katy to explain herself.

Others sarcastically remarked that the shoes would go well with a black Gucci sweater that also evoked blackface.

Mallory, the co-president of the 2019 Women's March, then responded, "Blackface is not a black person".

The Italian fashion house bosses came under fire after advertising a black knitted "balaclava jumper", which covers the lower half of the face and featured a red-lipped cut-out around the mouth.

Perry and Global Brands Group issued the statement saying they did not have any intention to inflict any pain.

Gucci has since released an apology in an official statement circulated on Twitter.

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