Katy Perry-Designed Shoes Pulled from Market over 'Blackface' Concerns

Brenda Watkins
February 12, 2019

Katy Perry performs during Byron Allen's Oscar Gala Viewing Party to Support The Children's Hospital Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

According to TMZ, the Katy Perry brand is now pulling the shoes from retailers, and Walmart and Dillard have removed the offending products from their website.

The 34-year-old singer and clothing designer has pulled two Perry-branded shoes from online stores, following complaints that their designs resembled blackface makeup.

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In a search for the shoes - called "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal" - on the department store's website Monday afternoon, an image of them popped up for a split second before a message appeared informing the customer that the "product is not now available for purchase".

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. Both feature two eyes, a nose and red lips.

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