Katy Perry is being shamed for making a decision that she had no idea would come back to bite her in the ass.
TMZ has learned that an earlier shoe design, that Perry masterminded, is being pulled from the shelves. According to their sources, Walmart and Dillard’s will no longer carry the “Rue Face Slip-On Loafers” or the “Ora Face Block Heel Sandal,” because of the striking similarities to blackface.
A source close to the singer claims they are trying to rectify the situation.
“In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes.”
The shoe, in question, features a pair of eyes, a nose, and a set of red lips. And although Perry’s shoes come in both beige and black, the black shoe hits a little too close to home for people. However, Perry and her team argue that it was not in their intentions to offend anyone.
The backlash stems from Italian designers like Gucci and Prada imitating blackface in their latest merchandise, earlier this month. Recently Gucci released a sweater which used attributes of a caricature created to poke fun at African-Americans. As a result, it has caused some to call for a boycott of their brand.
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