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

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.

Retailers have pulled shoes from singer Katy Perry's namesake brand after they came under fire for resembling blackface.

The shoes are called the "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and another style that has a heel is called "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal".

At the time, the shoes were called "disrespectful" and "racist", with many mentioning the "blackface" connotations.

Katy Perry's new shoe line will be taken off the shelves, according to Fox News. See the shoes below. However, TMZ reported once Katy became aware of the uproar, she made the decision to remove the shoes.

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It reads: "The Rue and The Ora were part of a collection that was released last summer in nine different colorways [sic] (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red, silver) and envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism", the statement begins.

"Our intention was never to inflict any pain".

Historically, blackface is a form of theatrical make-up used by black people playing white people. The brand said it was meant to be the face of a cartoon penguin, "whose message is first and foremost one of global friendship", but removed the designs, adding: "We are deeply troubled if the face, seen out of its context, could be associated with past or present unacceptable, racially offensive caricatures".

On Wednesday, Gucci said it "deeply apologizes for the offence caused by" its balaclava sweater in a statement posted on Twitter.

This was just the latest example of the fashion industry sparking outrage with a design that looked like blackface.

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