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Katy Perry’s shoe line pulls two pairs over blackface controversy

Katy Perry’s Controversial Blackface Shoes To Be Pulled From Retailers Katy Perry Faces Backlash Over Her ‘Blackface’ Shoes
Charles Bowen | 12 February, 2019, 10:12

Katy Perry may be in the midst of doing some major damage control.

Katy Perry's fashion line is pulling a number of shoes from retailers including Dillards and Walmart after one of the styles was criticized for evoking racist imagery.

Perry's whimsical "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and the high-heeled version, "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal", will reportedly disappear from shelves, with retailers apparently trying to head off any controversy surrounding the shoes.

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The new slip-on loafers are made to look like faces, with big red plastic lip pieces, a nose and eyes. The problem is the black one is troublesome considering the long, racist history of blackface makeup. "So we just gonna let Katy Perry slide?" the singer asked, according to TMZ.

Sources close to the 34-year-old singer told TMZ that she designed the shoes as a part of an entire collection and that they were never meant to be offensive. In the commonwealth of Virginia, two top state officials confessed to wearing blackface in the past, and neither is willing to step down.

Global Brands Group, Katy Perry's joint venture partner for her footwear line, did not immediately respond to FN's request for comment.

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