Katy Perry's Shoe Line To Be Pulled From Shelves Amid Blackface Backlash

Sergio Cunningham
February 12, 2019

Katy Perry attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

The latest designs from singer Katy Perry's new shoe line have been pulled from stores after outcry over one of them looking like blackface.

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

The black versions are the more startling: They feature metal appliques imitating eyes and nose, plus exaggerated red lips on the vamp, the upper part of the shoes. The problem is the black one is troublesome considering the long, racist history of blackface makeup.

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"Regarding Katy Perry's shoes; if you have to second guess whether a design is blackface/racist.it probably is!" posted another Twitter user. "Can we just make this a thing".

According to TMZ, sources connected to the "Roar" singer insist the shoes were never meant to be offensive, but are simply part of a larger collection.

Perry has not publicly commented on the shoes being removed from shelves. In the commonwealth of Virginia, two top state officials confessed to wearing blackface in the past, and neither is willing to step down.

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