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Katy Perry’s ‘Blackface’ Shoes Pulled From Dillard’s Amid Backlash

HuffPost logo HuffPost 12/02/2019 Elyse Wanshel

a close up of some shoes: Katy Perry's “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” © Screenshot from Dillard’s retail website. Katy Perry's “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” Katy Perry may be in the midst of doing some major damage control.

TMZ reported Monday that Katy Perry Collections, the pop star’s fashion brand, is in the process of removing two shoe offerings from Dillard’s after some online criticism that they resembled blackface caricatures.

In a search for the shoes — called “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” and “Ora Face Block Heel Sandal” — on the department store’s website Monday afternoon, an image of them popped up for a split second before a message appeared informing the customer that the “product is not currently available for purchase.”

Not long after this change, the items went completely missing from the site. The shoes also came in beige.

a screenshot of a cell phone: How the page for Katy Perry’s “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” looked at one point on Dillard’s website Monday afternoon. © Screengrab from Dillard's retail website. How the page for Katy Perry’s “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” looked at one point on Dillard’s website Monday afternoon. It is unclear if Dillard’s made the call to pull the shoes or if it was Perry’s brand. HuffPost reached out to Perry, her brand and Dillard’s for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

The “Swish Swish” singer was called out online over the weekend for selling the questionable footwear. “Blackface” controversies ensnared Virginia’s governor and attorney general earlier this month, spotlighting the issue.

The reproaches hit Perry not long after fashion house Gucci received scrutiny last week for selling a turtleneck sweater that also resembled blackface caricatures.

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