Katy Perry-Designed Shoes Pulled Amid Blackface Backlash
Pieces from the collection have been removed from Dillards and Walmart stores.
Of all the blackface scandals to surface this Black History Month, this may be the most bizarre.
Singer-apparently-designer Katy Perry is facing scrutiny from the social media masses after her brand released a pair of black sandals featuring eyes and large red lips along the top. The shoes that, as the New York Post points out, evoke — intentionally or not — the racist imagery associated with blackface.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 11, 2019
Retailers Dillards and Walmart will pull the offending styles, though not the whole line, from its stores after social media backlash, the Post reported.
The outrage comes just days after Gucci pulled a turtleneck featuring a mouth cover with wide red lips from its website and two months after Prada incited anger with a range of accessories featuring black characters with oversized lips.
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