Katy Perry 'saddened' by blackface claims about her shoe range

Katy Perry

TMZ is reporting that two shoe designs from the Katy Perry Collections will be yanked from the shelves of Walmart, Dillard's and other retailers due to their unfortunate resemblance to blackface.

Today, Katy Perry is under fire for releasing a pair of mules and a high-heeled sandal that feature bright red lips and eyes on a black background.

Perry is the latest in a string of fashion designers who have been attacked for manufacturing apparel, footwear or accessories that many consumers say is reminiscent of "blackface".

In a statement to ET on Tuesday, Perry and her brand management company, Global Brands Group, said the design was meant to channel modern art and surrealism.

The singer's line of sandal and loafers were pulled from stores including Walmart after critics argued against its similarity to Blackface characters. The label also is sold at retailers such as Macy's, Zappos and Amazon but the shoes in question are not now available on their websites. The black one is problematic, because it looks a lot like classic blackface makeup, which the fashion world does not seem to recognizetime and again. "Our intention was never to inflict any pain". "So we just gonna let Katy Perry slide?" the singer asked, according to TMZ.

"Another one to add to your blackface file", one person said on Twitter. Some on social media took exception with the black versions.

The Italian brand apologized for the design and said it would remove the sweater off its website and from its retail stores. In December, Prada removed a series of accessories that resembled black monkeys with red lips.

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