Katy Perry-Designed Shoes Pulled Amid Blackface Backlash

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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.

TMZ is reporting that two shoe designs from the Katy Perry Collections will be yanked from the shelves of Walmart, Dillard's and other retailers due to their unfortunate resemblance to blackface.

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.

Fashion designer Dapper Dan released a statement on Gucci and Prada's previous Blackface designs, calling out the brands who need to hold responsibility for their offensive designs.

Global Brands Group, Katy Perry's joint venture partner for her footwear line, did not immediately respond to FN's request for comment.

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