Katy Perry is next in line to offend with "blackface" shoes

Katy Perry

Pop star Katy Perry is pulling shoes from her fashion collection after the designs were called out for resembling blackface.

Two styles from Katy Perry Collections - the Rue Face slip-on loafer and the Ora Face block-heel sandal - are now being pulled from stores, according to TMZ.

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. See the shoes below. The shoes come in beige and black; however, the faces on the shoes don't change.

Katy Perry has come under fire for her shoe line.

"Our intention was never to inflict any pain. We have immediately removed them from katyperrycollections.com".

Since being criticized on social media, the shoe has also been pulled from Dillard's and Walmart.




Despite the shoes having been released last summer, social media users largely became critical last week, with one stating that "ignorance is never a fashion statement", and another asking Perry if she's "actually serious right now".

Of all the blackface scandals to surface this Black History Month, this may be the most weird.

Blackface is a centuries-old practice rooted in depicting a negative stereotype of black people in Europe and the US. Gucci pulled the sweater and issued an apology on Twitter.

Fashion designer Suril Patel thinks that fashion companies and houses are creating products "on objective just to spark the controversy".

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