Pop star Katy Perry has pulled shoes that seem to show racist imagery from her collection at several stores, including Dillard's and Walmart, according to news reports.
Perry pulled the shoes Monday after a social media backlash.
The shoes, which come in two colors, black and tan, and two styles, feature large blue eyes, a gold nose and big red lips, and closely resemble blackface.
Black History Month...Day 11! https://t.co/oTFc6ufTpO— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) February 11, 2019
The “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” and “Ora Face Block Heel Sandal” in black are drawing criticism because they look like classic blackface makeup.
Perry’s move to pull the shoes follows a high-profile accusation against another fashion brand last week. Gucci pulled a black sweater with a collar that rolled down to reveal a pair of big red lips after criticism and allegations of racist imagery.
Ignorance is Never A fashion statement! Apology NOT accepted😡#blackface #Gucci #gucciblackface #prada #moncler #katyPerry pic.twitter.com/KDCnkzGlgA— Kieren Boyce (@ThatGyrlKieren) February 10, 2019
Katy Perry 'Blackface' Shoe to Be Pulled from Shelves— Kim Crayton 🏢 💻🎙#causeascene (@KimCrayton1) February 11, 2019
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
Katy Perry's Shoe Line Is Getting Backlash for Designs Resembling Blackface https://t.co/w79T8MLbJI pic.twitter.com/Ar0ucLb4Wz— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) February 11, 2019
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