Katy Perry’s ‘Blackface’ Shoes Pulled From Dillard’s Amid Backlash


Perry's shoes are being criticized heavily for the resemblance to blackface, but they aren't the only brand to make poor design choices that appear to be racist imagery.

A source connected to Perry previously confirmed to TMZ that the items - known as "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and "Ora Face Block Heel Sandals", both of which featured faces on the top of the shoes - were being removed from sale amid online backlash.

The shoes, which come in black and neutral shades, feature a face design that includes blue eyes, a triangular nose and bright red lips.

The shoes have reportedly also been taken off shelves at United States retailers. See the shoes below.

Katy Perry at the Grammy awards this week.

Nevertheless, Perry's line isn't the first fashion label to face controversy for blackface this year.

Katy Perry’s ‘Blackface Shoes
Katy Perry’s ‘Blackface Shoes

The shoes, which were made in black and nude, are no longer for sale at USA retailers like Walmart and Dillard's, according to reports.

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

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. "We have immediately removed them from Katy Perry Collections".

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.

Perry and Global Brands Group issued the statement saying they did not have any intention to inflict any pain.

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