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Social media is sceptical after Katy Perry designs are pulled amid blackface backlash

Twitter has a thing or two to say about developments.
Feb 12th 2019, 9:47 AM 7,323 4

A NUMBER OF retailers in the US have followed in the footsteps of those behind Katy Perry’s fashion line and pulled two particular shoe designs following some online criticism.

After members of the public took exception to the Rue Face Slip On Loafers and Ora Face Block Heel Sandals, the website removed the designs, and some high street retailers who carry the collection did the same.

The shoes, which have been criticised for their resemblance to racist imagery, feature large blue eyes and red lips against a beige, gold or black background.

The latter has been compared to blackface by some social media users.

Katy Perry Collections, which launched in 2017, is the latest line to be accused of creating designs which feature racist connotations.

Last week, Gucci apologised for the backlash which surrounded one of their €890 designs – a black balaclava turtleneck with a red cut-out mouth – and subsequently removed the design from their line.

The news that the Katy Perry Collections designs were criticised and subsequently removed from the line has been met with a mixed response.

Some social media users have expressed disillusionment and consider the outrage disproportionate while others have questioned the motives of fashion lines who create potentially problematic designs.

The two designs from Katy Perry’s line retailed at $129.

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