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Celebrity’s ‘blackface shoe’ will be removed from stores because of its ‘classic blackface makeup’

Is this 'blackface,' or just an ugly shoe?

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Entertainer Katy Perry has found herself under fire after including an "offensive" shoe in her footwear line.

According to some, the shoe in question — which is sold at Walmart and Dillard's — too closely resembles blackface makeup.

What are the details?

On Monday, TMZ reported that a design in Perry's shoe collection — the "Rue Face Slip On Loafers" and the "Ora Face Block Heel Sandal," both of which come in black and beige — is stirring up problems.

As a result of the backlash over the shoes' designs, they will no longer be featured in Perry's line.

TMZ writes, "The 'face' shoes have two eyes, a nose and red lips on them, and they come in two different colors ... black and beige. The black one is problematic, because it looks a lot like classic blackface makeup, which the fashion world does not seem to recognize time and again."

Perry and her team is reportedly opting to simply pull the shoes instead of explaining anything away.

A source close to the entertainer told the outlet, "In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes."

Anything else?

"Blackface in fashion" has emerged as a topic of conversation over the last week.

Last week, Gucci found itself under fire for selling an $890 black balaclava sweater over claims that it resembled blackface.


On Wednesday, the company issued a statement of apology.

"Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper," the company wrote in a tweet.

The sweater, according to the New York Post, was [i]nspired by vintage ski masks [and] multicolored knitted balaclavas."

"The Fall Winter 2018 runway show space reflected the stark environment of an operating room, emulating the theme of the collection where reconstructing materials and fabrics created a new identity," the Post reported.

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