Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Katy Perry 'saddened' by blackface claims about her shoe range

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Freda Brock | 12 February, 2019, 16:07

Katy Perry's shoe label is the latest brand to come under fire for featuring items that resemble blackface.

Katy says she is "saddened" that her design - blue eyes and red lips on black leather - was compared with "painful images" of blackface by critics online.

The black version specifically resembles historical blackface makeup.

Sources close to the singer tell TMZ that Katy designed the shoes in question, that is part of an entire line of shoes that were never meant to be offensive. See the shoes below.

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

Perry has not publicly commented on the shoes being removed from shelves.

Katy Perry's Ora Face block-heel sandal.

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Social media criticized the shoes.

"In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", the insider shared.

Blackface is a centuries-old practice rooted in depicting a negative stereotype of black people in Europe and the US.

Perry has since apologised for the offending shoes, issuing a joint statement together with Global Brands Group to PEOPLE.

On Wednesday, Gucci said it "deeply apologizes for the offence caused by" its balaclava sweater in a statement posted on Twitter.

Fashion designer Suril Patel thinks that fashion companies and houses are creating products "on objective just to spark the controversy".

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