According to TMZ, in the latest incident, Katy Perry's shoe is about to be yanked from retailers like Dillard's and Walmart for what is being described as design features that closely resemble blackface.
Today, Katy Perry is under fire for releasing a pair of mules and a high-heeled sandal that feature bright red lips and eyes on a black background.
The singer was called out on the black styles over their similarity to blackface, a racist practice in which white people darkened their skin to represent caricatures of black people. See the shoes below.
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The styles have since been pulled from U.S. retail stores Dillards and Walmart. Both shoes, which sell for $129, come in black, gold or beige. In December, Prada removed a series of accessories that resembled black monkeys with red lips.
Last week, Gucci was forced to pull a jumper from its new collection after similar accusations about blackface. Whether Perry meant to hurt anyone or not, not everyone is buying her apology. "Reaching" or not, information is too readily accessible for this to occur. Perry issued a public apology, which is always good, but the effects of a racism scandal don't go away overnight.
"Off the back of that they're going to get more traffic to their website and make more sales".