Katy Perry’s 'blackface' themed shoes pulled from shelves
The Unconditionally singer, Katy Perry recently suffered a hard time when social media bashed her for her new shoe line stating that two of her designs resembled racist imagery. Yes, you heard that right! Now, as per a report in TMZ, the two specific styles, the Rue Face Slip-On Loafers and Ora Face Block Heel Sandals, have been taken off from the stores because it looks like blackface makeup. Reportedly, both shoes selling for $129, come in black, gold or beige colours. "In order to be respectful and sensitive, the team is in the process of pulling the shoes," a source informed the publication.
Both the shoes feature two blue eyes, a triangle nose, and red lips over either a black or beige background. The whole accusations on Katty started when singer Masika Kalysha slammed Katy for not being sensitive enough while designing shoes. Kalysha shared a photo of a pair of the black Rue Face Slip On Loafers on her Instagram stories. "So we just gonna let Katy Perry slide?" she questioned her followers. Just after the revelation, Twitter called the pop star with regards to her line's design which is merely a representation of how the industry has a problematic relationship with blackface and cultural appropriation.
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Katy Perry's "Black Face" Shoe Pulled Off From Store Shelves Amidst Backlash. ________ Katy Perry's shoe that is under scrutiny for resembling #blackface is about to be yanked. Katy's got a whole shoe line for sale at retailers like Dillard's and Walmart -- and a couple of her designs feature what looks similar to blackface ... the "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and its high-heeled counterpart, "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal." The "face" shoes have two eyes, a nose and red lips on them, and they come in two different colors ... black and beige. The black one is problematic, because it looks a lot like classic blackface makeup, which the fashion world does not seem to recognize time and again. The "face" heeled sandals are also problematic ... and Katy's catching major heat for having the shoes on store shelves. Even singer Masika Kalysha is calling for Katy to answer for this, saying on social media ... "So we just gonna let Katy Perry slide?" Sources connected to #katyperry tell us these specific shoes are just part of an entire line of shoes she's designed and released and they were never intended to be offensive. Cc:TMZ
Lesson learnt a hard way, we assume!