Katy Perry has removed two items from her shoe range after complaints that one of the designs was racist.
Katy Perry is reportedly pulling a pair of her shoes from her collection following Gucci's "blackface" controversy. See the shoes below. "I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface", Perry said in a recent statement, according to the BBC.
"Our intention was never to inflict any pain".
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Katy Perry attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The vamps in both styles include the same protruding eyes, nose and full red lips.
On social media, the sweater was widely criticised for including a red outline around the mouth cutout, ostensibly to resemble lips - a design that many said evoked the racist history of blackface in the USA, which dates back to the 1830s.
Some people highlighted that the shoes are offensive - period - but that the collection is especially tone-deaf during Black History Month. Representatives for Katy Perry, Katy Perry Collections, Walmart, and Dillard's did not immediately respond to INSIDER's requests for comment. Gucci took a sweater off the market last week and Prada removed a series of accessories that resembled black monkeys with red lips in December.
It is unclear if Dillard's made the call to pull the shoes or if it was Perry's brand.