Katy Perry blackface controversy: Why is Katy Perry removing shoes from sale?

The I Kissed A Girl singer has proved she has other talents, following the success of her own footwear brand. The Katy Perry Collection features shoe designs that resemble some of her biggest hits, such as The Cupid shoe, The Pop and The Grace. But one particular style of shoe is now being pulled over “blackface” concerns.

The shoes called “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” and “Ora Face Block Heel Sandals” come in different colours, including gold and beige.

The design includes a picture of a face, with two eyes, a nose and red lips on them.

They were being sold at shops in the US, including Dillard’s and Walmart, as well as on her own website.

But the black pair are reportedly being pulled from online sales, after a backlash from fans on social media.

There were concerns the black pair looked like the face had classic “blackface” makeup on them.

One person posted online that “ignorance is never a fashion statement”.

Another person asked Katy if she was “actually serious right now”.

Singer Masika Kalysha also called out Katy by posting online: “So we just gonna let Katy Perry slide?”

A source close to the pop star reportedly said to TMZ that the shoes will be pulled from the sales.

However, it is not yet known if the whole line will be taken off the site, or just the black pairs.

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

Other fashion brands have come under fire over the last few months for selling items that could be considered “blackface”.

A Gucci jumper that had a collar that could be pulled over the mouth and featured large red lips was pulled.

Several Prada figurines were also taken off the shelves after they were said to resemble racist caricatures.

Katy Perry has been accused of cultural appropriation a couple of other times in the past.

She wore her hair in cornrows for her music video for “This Is How We Do” and also dressed like a geisha during her 2013 American Music Awards performance.

Express.co.uk has contacted Katy Perry’s representatives and The Katy Perry Collection for comment.

source: express.co.uk