Today, Katy Perry becomes the latest high-profile person to come under scrutiny related to the use of black face, but in this case for designing a shoe that resembles the racist gesture. Both items feature eyes, a nose, and a mouth set against an all-black background, and each retailed for $129.
The black version specifically resembles historical blackface makeup.
While the styles are part of a larger collection and were never meant to be offensive, they are now being pulled "in order to be respectful and sensitive", a source told TMZ. "In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", the source added.
Katy Perry's Rue Face slip-on loafers.
Global Brands Group, Katy Perry's joint venture partner for her footwear line, did not immediately respond to FN's request for comment.