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'So this is what we're doing now?' Katy Perry's controversial 'blackface' shoes are to be pulled from retailers as the pop singer comes under fire for the offensive design (11 Pics)

Katy Perry's controversial 'face' shoes are reportedly going to be pulled from shelves over their resemblance to blackface.
Retailing for $129 per pair at Dillard's and Walmart, the 'Rue Face Slip On Loafers' and 'Ora Face Block Heel Sandal' from Katy Perry Collections feature two eyes, a gold nose, and red lips. The slides come in black or beige while the sandals are available in either black or gold. 
It has been reported by TMZ that the shoes are about to be removed from retailers as the 34-year-old singer continues to face scrutiny for the design, which bears a likeness to blackface makeup. 

Sources told the site the two shoe styles are part of an entire line that she had designed and released and 'were never intended to be offensive.'  
'In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes,' the sources added. 
Singer Masika Kalysha called Katy out for the offensive design on Sunday ahead of the Grammys, sharing a photo of a pair of the black 'Rue Face Slip On Loafers' on her Instagram Stories. 
'So we just gonna let Katy Perry slide?' she asked. 
Others took to Twitter to slam the pop star, with many pointing out that Katy's shoe design is representative of the fashion world's problematic relationship with blackface and cultural appropriation. 

'@katyperry are you actually serious right now?! blackface on a SHOE?? what is WRONG with you,' one person tweeted. 
Someone else commented: '@katyperry so this what we doing now?!?! Blackface shoes to go with @gucci blackface sweater?!?!'
'Now Katy Perry got blackface shoes,' another Twitter user wrote. 'All these different designs out here I have no other choice than to believe they doing this stuff on purpose.' 
The 'Roar' singer received similar backlash when she shared a photo of the shoes on her Instagram in August 2018, writing: 'Face it - it's always a good time to put your best foot forward.'
'Why do you have black face [?]' one person commented, while another added: 'Y’all better get some black people looking over these designs pre-production.'

Over the years, Katy has also been called out for cultural appropriation on numerous occasions, most notably a 2013 AMAs performance in which she dressed as a geisha.
That same year, she was heavily criticized for wearing cornrows in her hair in her 'This is How We Do' video. 
Katy apologized for her history of cultural appropriation in a 2017 interview with Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson, saying she may 'never understand' the struggles of other cultures, but she will continue to 'educate' herself. 
DailyMail.com has reached out to Katy Perry's team for comment.  
Less than a week ago, Gucci apologized for selling a sweater that many social media users said resembled blackface because of its design. 
The $890 black balaclava knit top from the label's Fall/Winter 2018 season features a cut-out at the mouth that is outlined in red.
The controversial top has been discontinued after it sparked outrage on Twitter, with many claiming that it was a form of blackface.   
Searches on Gucci's website revealed that the item is no longer listed, but archive searches indicate that the clothing item was last on the brand's site in January.
Many speculated that the items were released for Black History Month, but all of the pieces had been showcased months prior in 2018.
A Twitter user named Rashida shared a screengrab of another mask-like item that Gucci showed off on the runway last year, writing: 'They have a mask to match so you can have a chic classic black face moment without the mess of paint.'
The sentiment was shared by @stegotaurus, who added: 'THIIIIIIIS is blackface guys. THIS. huge overdramatic red lips and a literal BLACK face. This is DISGUSTING. I don't wanna see any of you with Gucci belts and slides after this.'
Gucci took to Twitter to apologize for the sweater, insisting that diversity was fundamental for the brand.
'Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper,' the label tweeted last Wednesday, just hours after DailyMail.com asked the brand for comment.
'We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make.'  
The controversy came just a week after images emerged showing a man in blackface and another man in Ku Klux Klan robes on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page. 
The Democrat politician apologized for the photo but then later claimed neither man is him. However, he did admit to having 'darkened' his face with shoe polish while dressing up as Michael Jackson around the same time. 

1 comment:

  1. that doesn't look like blackface on a shoe - it looks like a black shoe with a face.