Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Katy Perry’s ‘Blackface’ Shoes Pulled From Dillard’s Amid Backlash

Katy Perry’s ‘Blackface’ Shoes Pulled From Dillard’s Amid Backlash

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.

Sources close to Perry said the shoes are part of a larger design line and were never meant to be offensive.

The black version of this design has been attacked on social media for harkening to the racist tradition of blackface, which is a theatrical tradition of actors wearing black makeup in order to create stereotypically racist depictions of black people.

Katy Perry may be in the midst of doing some major damage control.

The shoes were pulled from a number of retailers including Dillards and Walmart. How the page for Katy Perry's "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" looked at one point on Dillard's website Monday afternoon.

Celebrated fashion designer Dapper Dan took to Twitter yesterday to express his concerns regarding certain designs from Gucci. "Another fashion house has gotten it outrageously wrong". He revealed he would be having a meeting in Harlem, N.Y., with Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri to discuss the situation. However, TMZ reported once Katy became aware of the uproar, she made the decision to remove the shoes.

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