— Singers rep react to critics saying: ‘Our Intention Was Never to Inflict Any Pain’
— Katy Perry Pulls Shoes Resembling Blackface
Katy Perry made shoes that evoke blackface. She’s been accused of racially insensitive fashion before.
The singer’s namesake brand faces criticism over two styles of shoes that some say feature racist imagery.
Dillard’s and Walmart also appear to have removed links to the items — slip-on loafers and block-heel sandals — from their websites Monday.
The loafers were sold in neutral and black, and the high-heeled sandals in gold and black. Both designs featured blue eyes, a gold triangular nose, and bright red lips. Some on social media took exception with the black versions.
A representative for the singer told NBC News on Monday that the shoes were part of a collection that was released last summer in nine different shades (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red and silver) and were “envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism.”
“I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface,” Perry said. “Our intention was never to inflict any pain.”
The shoe has been removed from the Katy Perry Collections website on behalf of Perry and Global Brands Group, the representative said.