Katy Perry Pulls her 'Blackface' Shoe from Walmart and Dillards amid uproar

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Katy Perry attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

The disturbing trend of blackface in designer fashion continued this week, as several pieces in pop star Katy Perry's shoe line are being pulled from shelves due to minstrel features on the footwear.

According to TMZ, in the latest incident, Katy Perry's shoe is about to be yanked from retailers like Dillard's and Walmart for what is being described as design features that closely resemble blackface.

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 meant to be offensive.

The shoe, which comes in black and beige in both loafer and sandal form, has two eyes, a nose, and a mouth with red lips on the front.

Social media criticized the shoes.

The black version of this design has been attacked on social media for harkening to the racist tradition of blackface, which is a theatrical tradition of actors wearing black makeup in order to create stereotypically racist depictions of black people. However, TMZ reported once Katy became aware of the uproar, she made the decision to remove the shoes.

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