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Just weeks after Gucci came under social media outrage fire for their turtle neck balaclava jumper sweater that evoked ‘blackface’, another brand and this time a footwear brand is being accused of the same thing.

Katy Perry Footwear, the shoe line designed by pop star Katy Perry, is being called out on social media for two its latest shoe styles. After the complaints were raised by many people that her shoes are racist, Katy Perry removed the two items from her shoe range.

The shoes have reportedly also been taken off shelves at US retailers.

Also Read: Gucci apologizes for its ‘blackface sweater’, pulls balaclava jumper from stores

Follwing the backlash, PEOPLE Perry and Global Brands Group in a joint statement apologized for the brand’s “Ora Face Block Heel Sandal” and the “Rue Face Slip On Loafers” which both feature gold eyes, nose and red lips on the toe of the shoe to create a face-like depiction that some feel is strongly associated with blackface.

The Rue and The Ora were part of a collection that was released last summer in 9 different colorways (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red, silver) and envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism,” the statement begins.

“I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface. Our intention was never to inflict any pain. We have immediately removed them from katyperrycollections.com.”

However, many were not convinced with the apology. One of the user Kieren Boyce tweeted, “Ignorance is Never a fashion statement! Apology NOT accepted.”

But there were others probably the fans who backed the singer and felt that the criticism was unnecessary. “Can’t believe Katy Perry has had to withdraw her range of shoes because they’re racist. PC gone mad!” tweeted a user in support of Perry.


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