Katy Perry's shoe collection pulls two styles over blackface controversy

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TMZ reported that two styles, the Ora Face block-heel sandal and the Rue Face slip-on loafer, are being pulled from shelves at Walmart and Dillard's. See the shoes below.

Perry has since apologised for the offending shoes, issuing a joint statement together with Global Brands Group to PEOPLE.

Although the shoes come in both beige and black, it is the darker pair that has been getting all the attention. The singer says she was saddened when she learned they were being compared to blackface and were "immediately removed" from the company's website.

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"Our intention was never to inflict any pain".

Despite the shoes having been released last summer, social media users largely became critical last week, with one stating that "ignorance is never a fashion statement", and another asking Perry if she's "actually serious right now".

Social media criticized the shoes.

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"So we just gonna let Katy Perry slide?" The use of blackface in minstrel shows, movies, and other mediums, spread dehumanising stereotypes about black people that were used to exclude them from the entertainment industry and deny them the full rights of citizenship.

Recently, luxury fashion house Gucci was called out for a balaclava sweater which, according to commentators, resembles blackface.

Prada apologized for monkey-like figures with black faces and large red lips and pledged to withdraw some of the products.

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Last week, Gucci was forced to pull a jumper from its new collection after similar accusations about blackface.