Katy Perry Faces Backlash Over Her ‘Blackface’ Shoes

Katy's recent shoe offering that was available at Walmart and Dillard's has since been pulled off the shelves since one particular design resembles Blackface.

The style in question, present on the line's "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal", featured large, blue eyes and and a pair of even larger red lips set to the lower part of the shoes all priced at $129. In the wake of the blackface scandal enveloping Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and other officials in the state, someone in Perry's camp chose to stop selling the shoes.

The news comes as Virginia's governor and an attorney general in Virginia have become embattled over pictures of them emerging donning blackface as young men; a lieutenant governor and gubernatorial hopeful in MS allegedly donning black face around the same timeframe; and high-end retailers like Gucci being accused of releasing a blackface turtleneck sweater that pulls up over your mouth with cut-out, oversized red lips. The sandal version of the shoe looks similar.

Gucci, meanwhile, stopped selling a black sweater last week because it partially covers the wearer's face, which prompted some to claim it too closely resembled blackface.

Katy Perry Collections is the latest brand to come under fire in recent weeks for selling products that evoke racist imagery.

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