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Katy Perry Pulls her 'Blackface' Shoe from Walmart and Dillards amid uproar

Katy Perry Katy Perry Pulls her 'Blackface' Shoe from Walmart and Dillards amid uproar
Hannah Rogers | 12 February, 2019, 16:09

The shoes have reportedly also been taken off shelves at USA retailers. The vamps in both styles include the same protruding eyes, nose and full red lips. The problem is the black one is troublesome considering the long, racist history of blackface makeup.

Katy's recent shoe offering that was available at Walmart and Dillard's has since been pulled off the shelves since one particular design resembles Blackface.

They were also available in blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red and silver, according to a statement by Global, the company Katy Perry is in partnership with.

While the styles are part of a larger collection and were never meant to be offensive, they are now being pulled "in order to be respectful and sensitive", a source told TMZ.

"In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", the representative told TMZ.

CNN has reached out to Perry for comment.

The backlash isn't without warning, as Perry was already criticised for the shoes when she first shared a design on Instagram in August 2018.

Blackface is a centuries-old practice rooted in depicting a negative stereotype of black people in Europe and the US. Gucci pulled the sweater and issued an apology on Twitter. "We have immediately removed them".

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

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