After Katy Perry's latest shoe design came under fire when people noticed that they resemble blackface, the shoes are reportedly being removed from store shelves.
Katy Perry attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Among the shoes being dropped by retailers Dillards and Walmart include a pair of sandals and loafers that feature the same type of large, red lips used for blackface makeup and painted on minstrel figurines.
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There are two brands of shoes - the "Rue Face Slip on Loafers" and the "Ora Face Block Heel Sandals" - come in both black and beige colors. The shoes that, as the New York Post points out, evoke - intentionally or not - the racist imagery associated with blackface. But it's not just our politicians letting us down.
The shoes were also taken down from the fashion line's website.
"In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", the insider shared. In the commonwealth of Virginia, two top state officials confessed to wearing blackface in the past, and neither is willing to step down. HuffPost reached out to Perry, her brand and Dillard's for comment but did not receive an immediate response.