Katy Perry's Fashion Label Pulls Shoes Over Blackface Scandal
By Scott Baumgartner
Katy Perry’s fashion label is coming under fire for some designs that some fans feel resembles blackface.
On Monday, following a rising outcry, the songstress’ company pulled two types of options from their line: the Rue Face slip-on loafer and the Ora Face block-heel sandal, according to USA Today. The shoes come in black, gold and beige and sell for $129.
Of course, it’s the black option that has caught the ire of the fashion world and beyond. It features lips, a nose and appliqués which look like eyes on the top of the shoe. Although the shoe is no longer available on Perry’s label’s site, it’s still available at retailers like Forever 21.
ET has reached out to singer's rep for comment.
Katy Perry 'Blackface' Shoe to Be Pulled from Shelves
Ok, can we just make this a rule that ANY product, service or person that is NOT Black will NOT create, promote or apply any combination of BLACK + FACE
The troubling shoe design arrives as Virginia faces a full-blown crisis due to Governor Ralph Northam’s admission that he wore blackface during his medical school days. Also, the state’s attorney general, Mark Herring admitted to wearing blackface to a party when he was 19, according to the BBC.
Prior to Perry’s shoes coming under fire, Gucci faced a blackface crisis of their own when it was discovered that one of their turtlenecks heavily resembles blackface. It was removed from their inventory after the issue was raised and Gucci has since released a statement.