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post Feb 13 2019, 03:29 PM
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Katy Perry faces criticism over shoe design resembling blackface

First it was Prada. Then Gucci. Now, Katy Perry is being called out for creating fashion that evokes blackface.

The singer's namesake brand faces criticism over two styles of shoes that some say feature racist imagery.
Perry debuted her line of whimsical shoes in 2017 in a partnership with Global Brands Group. The shoes are available on the brand's website, Katy Perry Collections, and through retailers around the world including Dillard's and Walmart in the United States.

The two styles in question, Ora Face Block Heel and Rue Face Slip-On Loafers, were released in summer 2018 as part of a collection in nine colors, including black, Perry and Global Brands Group said in a statement.
Both styles include the same protruding eyes, nose and full red lips. They were "envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism," according to the joint statement.

The black shoes in both styles drew comparisons to blackface, the racist face-painting practice that started as a way for white performers to mock enslaved Africans in minstrel shows using black paint and exaggerated facial features.
"Another one to add to your blackface file," one person said on Twitter.
Others sarcastically remarked that the shoes would go well with a black Gucci sweater that also evoked blackface.

The Italian luxury brand apologized for its "wool balaclava jumper," which pulls up over the nose and includes a cutout for the mouth with oversized red lips.
Prada apologized for monkey-like figures with black faces and large red lips and pledged to withdraw some of the products.
To some, the recent fashion gaffes coupled with a blackface controversy involving Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam made the timing of Perry's shoes all the more vexing.
The shoes have been removed from the Katy Perry Collections, Perry and Global said.

"I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface. Our intention was never to inflict any pain," the joint statement said.
The sandal and the loafer were temporarily available on the Dillard's website.
On Monday afternoon, images and descriptions of the shoes were replaced with the message, "This item is not available for internet purchase." Dillard's has not responded to CNN's request for comment.
A Walmart spokesperson said these styles of Perry's shoes were never available in brick and mortar stores.
The company has not responded to CNN's question about whether they were sold on its website.


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post Feb 13 2019, 03:52 PM
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They're shoes that come in more than one colours with eyes put on them.

They're hideous...But not blackface I don't think.
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post Feb 13 2019, 04:04 PM
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I hate this age that we live in where humans are offended by everything. If there is a green face shoe are the aliens going to get offended? Surely it shows diversity if the shoes come in all different colours? rolleyes.gif

They are ugly shoes in my opinion, but thats because of the design, not the colour laugh.gif
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post Feb 13 2019, 04:06 PM
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I mean, honestly, just pull them from sale because they're f***ing hideous.
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post Feb 13 2019, 04:12 PM
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QUOTE(RobBob @ Feb 13 2019, 04:06 PM) *
I mean, honestly, just pull them from sale because they're f***ing hideous.
Agreed!

Honestly, wtf signed off on these???? laugh.gif
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post Feb 13 2019, 04:15 PM
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lol this is so embarrassing
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post Feb 13 2019, 04:17 PM
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It's SUCH a reach that they are blackface, like if a person did a Halloween costume as those shoes or sth yes that's blackface but a shoe's not a face, they're just beyond vile and I don't see why anyone would wear them anyway laugh.gif
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post Feb 13 2019, 04:18 PM
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Omg these shoes are so hideous I can't 🤢😂
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post Feb 13 2019, 04:19 PM
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The shoes are hideous, but that's not the point ;o it's a shame that SJW backlash has stopped another celebrity have to stop/apologize for something they enjoy (Ari with 7 Rings)
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post Feb 13 2019, 04:26 PM
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What’s really offensive is the idea that googly eyes on shoes would be a thing :’) the entire thing screams first grade art class
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post Feb 13 2019, 04:32 PM
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QUOTE(Andrew. @ Feb 13 2019, 04:19 PM) *
The shoes are hideous, but that's not the point ;o it's a shame that SJW backlash has stopped another celebrity have to stop/apologize for something they enjoy (Ari with 7 Rings)


What's this about?
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post Feb 13 2019, 04:34 PM
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I think Andrew was referring to the Japanese references on the single artwork
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post Apr 25 2019, 10:05 PM
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Oh my god at this (don't mind me commenting a few months late because I missed this thread in a forum I'm only passing by to hate on 'Con Calma' x)

I highly doubt this was done with the intent to be blackface but how little awareness does whoever approved this have to not know that people would say it looks like blackface? That's always what gets me about these controversies.
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post Apr 25 2019, 10:56 PM
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It's probably because it's coming from a vocal minority who get offended by everything. However I don't think that anyone would want to be caught in public wearing a Cynthia doll on their feet
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