Katy Perry’s shoe line pulls two pairs over blackface controversy

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After Katy Perry's latest shoe design came under fire when people noticed that they resemble blackface, the shoes are reportedly being removed from store shelves.

The shoe, which comes in black and beige in both loafer and sandal form, has two eyes, a nose, and a mouth with red lips on the front.

Twitter users were quick to point out how the black shoe looked similar to blackface.

"Regarding Katy Perry's shoes; if you have to second guess whether a design is blackface/racist.it probably is". See the shoes below.

Two pairs from her eponymous line, Katy Perry Collections, are said to depict blackface features.

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Social media criticized the shoes.

"The Rue and The Ora were part of a collection that was released last summer in 9 different colorways (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red, silver) and envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism".

"Our intention was never to inflict any pain". "So we just gonna let Katy Perry slide?" the singer asked, according to TMZ. The use of blackface in minstrel shows, movies, and other mediums, spread dehumanising stereotypes about black people that were used to exclude them from the entertainment industry and deny them the full rights of citizenship.

Global Brands Group, Katy Perry's joint venture partner for her footwear line, did not immediately respond to FN's request for comment.

On Wednesday, Gucci said it "deeply apologizes for the offence caused by" its balaclava sweater in a statement posted on Twitter.

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