The black versions are the more startling: They feature metal appliques imitating eyes and nose, plus exaggerated red lips on the vamp, the upper part of the shoes.
According to TMZ, the Katy Perry brand is now pulling the shoes from retailers, and Walmart and Dillard have removed the offending products from their website. The label also is sold at retailers such as Macy's, Zappos and Amazon but the shoes in question are not now available on their websites.
Sources close to Perry told TMZ they were just shoe designs and she did not intent to make them look offensive. The black shoe is still listed on Lord & Taylor, but is out of stock. The problem is the black one is troublesome considering the long, racist history of blackface makeup.
In the wake of the blackface scandal enveloping Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and other officials in the state, someone in Perry's camp chose to stop selling the shoes.
The scandal comes shortly after Gucci was slammed over its "blackface" wool jumper that was being sold online and in stores. Gucci pulled the sweater and issued an apology on Twitter.
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