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Katy Perry-Designed Shoes Pulled From Retailers Following Blackface Outcry

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Image: Dillard’s

The fallout from last week’s blackface apocalypse, c/o Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, is continuing apace: Today, a loafer from Katy Perry’s fashion line has been pulled from several retailers for its resemblance to racist imagery.

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Both the “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” and the “Ora Face Block Heel Sandal” have been plucked from multiple stores, including Dillard’s and Walmart. Both the loafers and the sandals feature large eyes and red lips against a black or beige background (or gold, in the case of the sandals). While both are unfortunate from a fashion perspective, the black option bears unsettling resemblance to classic blackface makeup.

Illustration for article titled Katy Perry-Designed Shoes Pulled From Retailers Following Blackface Outcry
Image: Dillard’s
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A source close to Perry told TMZ that the shoes were not intended to be offensive; however, “In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes.” Perry herself has yet to comment.

Last week, Gucci pulled an $890 sweater following similar accusations of racist caricature. In December, Prada removed a holiday window display that featured monkey creatures with large, inflated lips after facing backlash.

However can we avoid this in the future? Here’s an idea!

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reindeerbandit

qq just wondering why it is that so many people are struggling with blackface? i, a white person, have gone for the entirety of my 33 years without ever donning blackface, or hanging out with people in blackface, or designing a clothing item that looks like blackface. tbh i’ve done it without even trying. the trick is that, instead of doing blackface, you don’t do blackface.

i’m just wondering how it is that like all the sudden seems like everybody* and their brother is in a blackface dilemma.

also, not for nothing, those shoes are sofa king ugly jfc.

*everybody white