Katy Perry pulls shoes from her line after blackface accusations

12 February 2019, 11:42

Katy Perry arrives at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center/blackface shoes
Katy Perry's shoe line has been hit with backlash over two shoe designs. Picture: Getty/Twitter/@BloopJustSayin
Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

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Katy Perry's shoe line – Katy Perry Collections – has been accused of selling two designs that resemble blackface. The "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and "Ora Face Block Heel Sandals" are being pulled from stores because of the backlash over the "offensive" shoe, TMZ reports.

The loafers come in nude and black, while the high-heeled version come in gold and black. However, it's the black design that is being called problematic because it looks a lot like historic blackface makeup. Both feature blue eyes, a gold triangular nose and bright red lips.

People have been dragging the brand for selling the shoes, especially following the Gucci blackface controversy just last week.

However, others have argued that because the shoes come in multiple colour ways it probably isn't blackface or intended to be offensive.

The shoes will now reportedly be pulled from shelves after the backlash, with a source telling TMZ: "In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes."

The controversy comes after Gucci apologised for selling a jumper featuring similar bright red lips. After a slew of comments the luxury brand pulled the sweater and promised to increase diversity within the company to ensure it doesn't happen again. Meanwhile, a number of celebrities including Spike Lee and T.I. insisted they would never wear Gucci again.