Katy Perry 'Saddened' After Shoe Range Designs Accused Of Depicting Blackface

Katy Perry says she has been 'saddened' by the backlash caused by the designs of some of her shoes, which have been accused of depicting blackface.

The 'Rue Face Slip On Loafers' and the 'Ora Face Block Heel Sandals' were available in both neutral and black and featured blue eyes, a triangular nose and bright red lips. However, the shoes have now been pulled from sale.

Many took to Twitter to express their disgust at the design, which they likened to blackface.

One person said: "@katyperry are you actually serious right now?! blackface on a SHOE?? what is WRONG with you?"

Another said: "Ok, can we just make this a rule that ANY product, service or person that is NOT Black will NOT create, promote or apply any combination of BLACK + FACE? Can we just make this a thing?"

The shoes have been removed from sale following a backlash. Credit: Katy Perry Collections
The shoes have been removed from sale following a backlash. Credit: Katy Perry Collections

Blackface has been used in Europe and the US throughout recent centuries in theatre and entertainment to caricature and stereotype black people.

In a statement, Perry, 34, told The Hollywood Reporter she was 'saddened' by the comparison and had removed the shoes from sale.

She said: "The Rue and The Ora were part of a collection that was released last summer in nine different colourways (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red, silver) and envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism.

"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. We have immediately removed them from Katy Perry Collections."

Katy Perry said she was 'saddened' by the fact the shoes has been compared to blackface. Credit: Katy Perry Collections
Katy Perry said she was 'saddened' by the fact the shoes has been compared to blackface. Credit: Katy Perry Collections

However, many people on social media thought it was unfair to compare the shoes to blackface - with some arguing the shoes are offensively ugly more than anything.

One person said: "If you see racism or blackface on these shoes let me tell you that you need mental help. And I'm completely sure that people would complain if the shoes didn't have a black version!! Stop complaining about everything, damn it!! Grow up!!"

Last week, Gucci pulled a jumper from sale after it was accused of resembling blackface.

Gucci pulled a jumper from sale last week after it was compared to blackface. Credit: Gucci
Gucci pulled a jumper from sale last week after it was compared to blackface. Credit: Gucci

The black 'balaclava jumper' covered the lower half of the face and featured a mouth hole lined with a red trim, resembling lips.


The high-end fashion label said they would turn the incident 'into a powerful learning moment'.

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Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University before going to live in Australia and New Zealand for a few years, where he wrote a travel blog. He has previously written for the Eastern Daily Press, Giggle Beats, CALM and Front Magazine. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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