Katy Perry Shoes Pulled From Stores After Blackface Controversy

Esequiel Farfan
Febrero 12, 2019

Katy Perry's Ora Face block-heel sandal.

Retailers Dillards and Walmart will pull the offending styles, though not the whole line, from its stores after social media backlash, the Post reported. The two styles appear with two eyes, a nose and red lips on them.

Although the shoes come in two colors, black and beige, only their black counterparts have drawn criticism due to their resemblance to classic blackface makeup.

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According to TMZ, sources connected to the "Roar" singer insist the shoes were never meant to be offensive, but are simply part of a larger collection. "In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", the source added. How the page for Katy Perry's "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" looked at one point on Dillard's website Monday afternoon.

Fashion designer Dapper Dan released a statement on Gucci and Prada's previous Blackface designs, calling out the brands who need to hold responsibility for their offensive designs. "I am a Black man before I am a brand", he tweeted. He revealed he would be having a meeting in Harlem, N.Y., with Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri to discuss the situation.

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