Katy Perry Shoes Pulled From Stores After Blackface Controversy

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Katy Perry performs during Byron Allen's Oscar Gala Viewing Party to Support The Children's Hospital Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

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. Both items feature eyes, a nose, and a mouth set against an all-black background, and each retailed for $129.

Sources close to Perry told TMZ they were just shoe designs and she did not intent to make them look offensive.

Katy Perry's Ora Face block-heel sandal.

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The shoes are available at major retailers such as Dillards, Forever 21 and Lord & Taylor.

The black version of this design has been attacked on social media for harkening to the racist tradition of blackface, which is a theatrical tradition of actors wearing black makeup in order to create stereotypically racist depictions of black people.

Global Brands Group, Katy Perry's joint venture partner for her footwear line, did not immediately respond to FN's request for comment.

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