Katy Perry's Shoe Line To Be Pulled From Shelves Amid Blackface Backlash

Danny Woods
February 12, 2019

The shoes were also taken down from the fashion line's website.

Retailers Dillards and Walmart will pull the offending styles, though not the whole line, from its stores after social media backlash, the Post reported. Both shoes, which sell for $129, come in black, gold or beige.

They have been compared to blackface and were slammed by some on social media who said it mimicked the racist practice of light-skinned people painting their face to appear black.

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.

"In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", the insider shared.

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Perry has not publicly commented on the shoes being removed from shelves.

In the UK Katy's shoe collection is available through Amazon, but neither The Rue or The Ora are on sale. Prada dropped a number of bag accessories last December after critics accused the brand of including minstrel figurines in their products. The black wool top, which reportedly retailed for $US900, featured a long turtleneck that covered the bottom portion of the face with a cutout over the mouth.

The designs are the latest in a series of controversial items of clothing to be criticised for allegedly using the red-lipped Sambo caricature that has always been regarded as racist.

In the early 19th century, according to the National Museum of African-American History & Culture, white actors created caricatures of black slaves by applying burnt cork or shoe polish to their faces before performances. The black model could be construed to look like someone wearing blackface.

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