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

12 February 2019
Katy Perry’s shoe line pulls two pairs over blackface controversy

TMZ reported Monday that Katy Perry Collections, the pop star's fashion brand, is in the process of removing two shoe offerings from Dillard's after some online criticism that they resembled blackface caricatures.

Both shoes have also disappeared from the Katy Perry Collections website, which offers a number of other shoe options including sneakers, boots and flats.

In the wake of the blackface scandal enveloping Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and other officials in the state, someone in Perry's camp made a decision to stop selling the shoes.

The shoes, which come in black and neutral shades, feature a face design that includes blue eyes, a triangular nose and bright red lips. However, the black style has critics pointing out the resemblance to classic blackface makeup. "So we just gonna let Katy Perry slide?" the singer asked, according to TMZ.

Sources close to Perry said the shoes are part of a larger design line and were never meant to be offensive.

Global Brands Group, Katy Perry's joint venture partner for her footwear line, did not immediately respond to FN's request for comment. In the commonwealth of Virginia, two top state officials confessed to wearing blackface in the past, and neither is willing to step down.