Katy Perry's Controversial 'Blackface' Shoes Are Being Pulled From Shops
Katy Perry is a woman of many talents, but her recent foray into the world of fashion has landed herself in hot water.
According to TMZ, a pair of Katy Perry Collection shoes are set to be pulled from retailers for their resemblance to blackface.
The "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal" come in beige and black, and feature embellishments including two eyes, a gold nose, and red lips.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 11, 2019
Twitter users have taken to the social media platform to express their outrage, writing comments like, "...I have no other choice than to believe they doing this stuff on purpose," and "how does [this] even going from a design sketch to production without anyone saying anything?"
Now Katy Perry got blackface shoes 🙄 all these different designs out here I have no other choice than to believe they doing this stuff on purpose
— piggy (@danae_33) February 11, 2019
— following my bliss (@AngelaCFisher) February 11, 2019
Sources have told TMZ that the shoes are part of an entire line "and they were never intended to be offensive," however, "in order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes."
This isn't the first time Katy has faced backlash for cultural appropriation. The singer has been called out for wearing cornrows and a geisha costume in the past.
— ESSENCE (@Essence) June 14, 2017
— Gabriella🇺🇸Covfefe (@gabriella_akat) June 13, 2017
During her 72-hour livestream in 2017, Katy apologised for her actions, saying, "I've made several mistakes. Even in the "This Is How We Do" video, with how I wore my hair – having a hard conversation with one of my empowered angels, Cleo [Wade, her stylist], about why I can't wear my hair that way, or what is the history behind wearing the hair that way. And she told me about the power in black women's hair and how beautiful it is, and the struggle. And I listened, and I heard and I didn't know."
"Even in my intention to appreciate Japanese culture, I did wrong with a performance. And I didn't know that I did it wrong until I heard people saying I did it wrong."
"I will never understand some of those things because of who I am. But I can educate myself, and that's what I'm trying to do along the way."
Hopefully, this is just another lesson learned for Katy.
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