Katy Perry’s fashion line removes two shoes after blackface criticism
Katy Perry's fashion line faced massive backlash after two shoes were considered to resemble blackface a little too closely.
The singer turned shoe designer, Katy Perry found herself in the middle of controversy recently. She had two shoe designs which were seriously problematic.
Perry spoke out and apologized profusely for the designs. The shoes in question were pulled from the line on Monday after a controversy broke because the styles resembled racist imagery.
"The Katy Perry Collections" label no longer feature the Rue Face slip-on loafer or the Ora Face block-heel sandal on its website. Both shoes had been valued at $129 and were designed in black, gold and beige.
The shoes in black were the most controversial. They featured metal appliques imitating eyes and nose with exaggerated red lips on the upper part of the shoes.
Katy Perry made racist shoes.— Chris Baldassano (@Baldassano) February 11, 2019
Yea, you read that right.
This is our world.
Aliens are laughing at us. pic.twitter.com/PZlfHKwhp2
Perry released a remorseful in a statement to USA TODAY. In the statement, she said the shoes were 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," read the statement.
While the shoes were pulled from the lines official site, they were still available at Forever 21 the day after the scandal. broke The label is also carried by retailers such as Macy’s, Zappos and Amazon.
However, the shoes in question were not available on the retailers' websites. The shoes were dragged on Twitter especially since they come in the wake of a series of blackface controversies, including Gucci's blackface sweater scandal.
"Ok, can we just make this a rule that ANY product, service or person that is NOT Black will NOT create, promote or apply any combination of BLACK + FACE Can we just make this a thing," tweeted one user.
Another slammed Katy Perry's line tweeting,
"Regarding Katy Perry’s shoes; if you have to second guess whether a design is blackface/racist...it probably is. 'Reaching' or not, information is too readily accessible for this to occur. #DoBetter."
Fans also pointed out that Perry's shoes resemble the controversial Gucci wool sweater a little too closely.