In the midst of the recent racially charged withdrawals in the fashion industry, singer Katy Perry has only added fuel to the racist fire with her new shoe line, but the collection has already been pulled from stores indefinitely.
The singer’s line of sandal and loafers were pulled from stores including Walmart after critics argued against its similarity to Blackface characters. The black shoes are the image of a face with large lips near the front of the shoes.
It comes only a week after Gucci withdrew a black polo-necked jumper featuring red lips that were designed to be worn over the face and Prada showed an image of a small figurine that looked like a Sambo character that was being sold alongside one of the clothier’s purse lines.
A spokesperson for the Katy Perry Collection said to TMZ, “In order to be respectful and sensitive, the team is in the process of pulling the shoes.”