Katy Perry’s ‘blackface’ shoes pulled from shelves in ‘racism’ row days after Gucci jumper backlash

The design of the footwear, featuring a face with red lips and blue eyes, has sparked outrage on social media with critics branding them “ignorant” and “ugly.”

A source close to Perry told TMZ that the items are being removed from sale amid the furious backlash.

The shoes, known as "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and "Ora Face Block Heel Sandals”, are also available in gold and beige as well as black.

It was not immediately clear if the entire line is being pulled or just the black version of the shoe.

The source said: “In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes.”

Twitter users vented their fury at the I Kissed a Girl singer.


One wrote “Ignorance is Never A fashion statement! Apology NOT accepted.”

Another posted: “@katyperry are you actually serious right now?! blackface on a SHOE?? what is WRONG with you.”

A third wrote: “The most offensive part is how ugly the shoes are.”

This comes after fashion brand Gucci were slammed for releasing a black jumper which could be pulled over the mouth and featured large red lips.


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