Katy Perry Blackface Shoes Removed From Stores

Katy Perry Blackface Shoes Removed From Stores

Katy Perry Collections hit a snag last week when the fashion line by the pop star was forced to removed footwear after they were accused of using blackface.

With Gucci releasing a blackface sweater and Prada and their Monkey figurines that were pulled because of blackface imagery. Read on to see what Katy Perry did…

Katy Perry Blackface Shoes Removed From StoresCelebNFashion247.com reports that Katy Perry Collections came under fire last week when they after they were accused of using blackface.

The brand was accused of blackface footwear so they removed the shoes. The Katy Perry Collection announced that the sandals and loafers, designed with a face featuring prominent red lips, are no longer on sale at retailers including Walmart.

A spokesperson for the company told TMZ:

In order to be respectful and sensitive, the team is in the process of pulling the shoes.

Following the company statement, Perry has released a statement on the controversy:

The shoes as part of a collection “envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism. I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface. Our intention was never to inflict any pain.”

Perry assured everyone that the sandals and loafers had been “immediately removed” from the website for her fashion line.

Katy’s shoes are the latest clothing brand to be criticized for allegedly using the red-lipped Sambo caricature that has long been regarded as racist.

Kieren Boyce weighed in on Twitter saying:

Ignorance is Never A fashion statement! Apology NOT accepted😡#blackface #Gucci #gucciblackface #prada #moncler #katyPerry

Katy Perry Blackface Shoes Removed From Stores

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