Katy Perry Faces Backlash Over Her ‘Blackface’ Shoes

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In the latest example of fashion stumbling over styles that resemble racist imagery, Katy Perry's shoe label pulled two potentially problematic pairs Monday from its online site, although they are still available at some major retailers.

The "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and the "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal" depict facial features on either a black or beige shoe.

Both shoes have also disappeared from the Katy Perry Collections website, which offers a number of other shoe options including sneakers, boots and flats.

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The new slip-on loafers are made to look like faces, with big red plastic lip pieces, a nose and eyes.

Sources close to the 34-year-old singer told TMZ that she designed the shoes as a part of an entire collection and that they were never meant to be offensive. The black shoe is still listed on Lord & Taylor, but is out of stock.

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.

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"Ok, can we just make this a rule that ANY product, service or person that is NOT Black will NOT create, promote or apply any combination of BLACK + FACE", wrote another.

Perry posted a photo of the shoes to her Instagram back in August 2018 and received backlash in the comments at that time.

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