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Katy Perry ‘Blackface’ Shoes Pulled From Stores

12 February 2019

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. "So we just gonna let Katy Perry slide?" the singer asked, according to TMZ.

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.

"Regarding Katy Perry's shoes; if you have to second guess whether a design is blackface/ probably is".

The Katy Perry Collections label no longer features either the Rue Face slip-on loafer or the Ora Face block-heel sandal on its website.

According to TMZ, sources connected to the "Roar" singer insist the shoes were never meant to be offensive, but are simply part of a larger collection. The use of blackface in minstrel shows, movies, and other mediums, spread dehumanising stereotypes about black people that were used to exclude them from the entertainment industry and deny them the full rights of citizenship. However, TMZ reported once Katy became aware of the uproar, she made the decision to remove the shoes. The brand said it was meant to be the face of a cartoon penguin, "whose message is first and foremost one of global friendship", but removed the designs, adding: "We are deeply troubled if the face, seen out of its context, could be associated with past or present unacceptable, racially offensive caricatures".

Gucci has since released an apology in an official statement circulated on Twitter.

Katy Perry ‘Blackface’ Shoes Pulled From Stores