By Zachary Leeman | February 12, 2019
Musician Katy Perry has pulled a line of shoes after some people said they appeared to depict blackface.
The shoes, marketed in stores such as Walmart, are black and depict a face on the front.
“In order to be respectful and sensitive, the team is in the process of pulling the shoes,” Perry told TMZ after receiving backlash against the shoes.
Many people have taken to social media to express confusion at the outrage and Perry’s knee-jerk reaction.
Some have also pointed out that no matter what the shoes (pictured above left) resemble, they are just plain ugly.
Check out some reactions below:
Racist or not; those Katy Perry shoes are abysmal.
— Kyle Thompson (@The_Strangerer) February 12, 2019
— Rob Heffron (@Frobert08) February 12, 2019
@katyperry those shoes aren’t blackface but they are an offense to my eyes
— King (@hitmewithabible) February 12, 2019
@katyperry if you thought your shoe was a fashion statement its not and its not suprising you didn’t realize the people you were going to hurt. Pull these shoes for you get in some heat you dont want to get into.
— Ms.RN (@B_N_22) February 12, 2019
So, since Katy Perry has black face shoes is it time to boycott her too?
— Keith Frank (@KeithFrank31) February 12, 2019
Accusations of blackface have become common in recent weeks.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has recently found himself in hot water after he admitted to dressing in blackface in his youth, and Gucci recalled a sweater that some people said resembled blackface.
In addition, Virginia attorney general Mark Herring also admitted that he, too, dressed in blackface when he was younger.
For more, check out the video below:
This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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