Katy Perry's Shoe Line To Be Pulled From Shelves Amid Blackface Backlash
Days after Spike Lee, Soulja Boy and Dapper Dan shamed Gucci for its Blackface apparel, Katy Perry’s latest shoe line has made the same mistake as the Italian luxury brand. Katy’s recent shoe offering that was available at Walmart and Dillard’s has since been pulled off the shelves since one particular design resembles Blackface.
The “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” and the “Ora Face Block Heel Sandal” were both available in a beige and black design, and you can guess which one sparked the controversy.
Sources close to the singer tell TMZ that Katy designed the shoes in question, that is part of an entire line of shoes that were never intended to be offensive. “In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes,” the source added.
Fashion designer Dapper Dan released a statement on Gucci and Prada’s previous Blackface designs, calling out the brands who need to hold responsibility for their offensive designs.
“I am a Black man before I am a brand,” the 74-year-old design shared on social media. “Another fashion house has gotten it outrageously wrong. There is no excuse or apology that can erase this kind of insult. The CEO of Gucci has agreed to come from Italy to Harlem this week to meet with me, along with members of the community and other industry leaders. There cannot be inclusivity without accountability. I will hold everyone accountable.”