Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

Katy Perry’s shoe label accused of ‘blackface’

Katy Perry61st Annual Grammy Awards Arrivals Los Angeles USA- 10 Feb 2019 CREDIT Chelsea Lauren REX Shutterstock
Lora Ball | 12 February, 2019, 16:11

A line of shoes designed by singer Katy Perry has been pulled from store shelves because critics said they resembled someone wearing blackface.

Retailers have pulled shoes from singer Katy Perry's namesake brand after they came under fire for resembling blackface.

Katy Perry's shoe label has pulled two designs after facing a backlash. See the shoes below. They are available on her website and through retailers around the world including Dillard's and Walmart in the United States.

While the styles are part of a larger collection and were never meant to be offensive, they are now being pulled "in order to be respectful and sensitive", a source told TMZ.

CNN has reached out to Perry for comment.

Katy Perry's Ora Face block-heel sandal.

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In the wake of the blackface scandal enveloping Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and other officials in the state, someone in Perry's camp made a decision to stop selling the shoes.

But "in order to be respectful and sensitive, the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", TMZ's sources said.

Blackface is a centuries-old practice rooted in depicting a negative stereotype of black people in Europe and the US.

Gucci has since released an apology in an official statement circulated on Twitter.

This was just the latest example of the fashion industry sparking outrage with a design that looked like blackface.

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