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Katy Perry Shoes Pulled From Stores Over ‘Blackface’ Design

Katy Perry Shoes Pulled From Stores Over ‘Blackface’ Design

Stores are pulling shoes from singer Katy Perry’s fashion brand over criticism that their design evokes blackface, CNN reports.

Social media users called out Perry’s namesake brand over her Ora Face Block Heel and Rue Face Slip-On Loafers, which come in black and beige. The design features protruding eyes, a nose, and red lips.

"Another one to add to your blackface file," one Twitter user wrote.

Katy Perry Collections account director Brittany Clarke told CNN the shoes were "envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism" and their "intention was never to inflict any pain."

Clarke said the shoes have been taken off the company’s website.

Dillard’s pulled the shoes after the controversy and a Walmart spokesperson said the shoes were never available in brick and mortar stores though it’s unclear if they were sold on its website.

Controversy follows Gucci scandal:

Last week, Gucci apologized and pulled an $890 sweater that social media users said resembled blackface.

The company said in a statement posted to Twitter that it “deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper.”

Gucci said it will no longer sell the sweater and is fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment.”

Virginia Democrats under fire for blackface:

The controversy over the Perry shoes and Gucci sweater were amplified by the growing scandal in Virginia.

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam admitted and later denied that he was in a photo showing two people, one in blackface and another in a KKK outfit, before admitting that he wore blackface at another time for a Michael Jackson costume.

After Northam’s controversy, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted that he too wore blackface in college for a rapper costume.