Katy Perry pulls her shoes from store shelves after she’s accused of blackface
Katy Perry’s slip-on loafers have been pulled from store shelves and online after she was accused of blackface.
Dillards and Walmart pulled the singer’s shoes, following complaints that they resemble blackface.
The shoes, known as “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” and “Ora Face Block Heel Sandals” are part of Katy’s shoe line that features faces on shoes. They come in different colors but the one at the center of the blackface controversy is black and features a pair of eyes, a triangle nose, and red lips.
Social media users, especially African-Americans called Katy Perry out for the shoe design. They also called the shoes ugly.
Following the outrage, Katy’s brand released a statement acknowledging the shoes were pulled from stores “in order to be respectful and sensitive.”
Just last week, Gucci was accused of racism after they began selling balaclava sweaters that resemble blackface and they were forced to pull the merchandise and apologize.
Prada was also recently involved in a blackface scandal after a woman went into their store and saw the Pradamalia figurines, a monkey-like trinket which she said is reminiscent of blackface.