• Katy Perry pulls ‘blackface' shoes from stores after social media backlash

    By: Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Pop star Katy Perry has pulled shoes that seem to show racist imagery from her collection at several stores, including Dillard’s and Walmart, according to news reports.

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    Perry pulled the shoes Monday after a social media backlash.

    The shoes, which come in two colors, black and tan, and two styles, feature large blue eyes, a gold nose and big red lips, and closely resemble blackface. 

    The “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” and “Ora Face Block Heel Sandal” in black are drawing criticism because they look like classic blackface makeup.

    Perry’s move to pull the shoes follows a high-profile accusation against another fashion brand last week. Gucci pulled a black sweater with a collar that rolled down to reveal a pair of big red lips after criticism and allegations of racist imagery.

     

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