Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?
Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?

Esther O'Moore Donohoe

Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back
Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back

Holly O'Neill

Here’s how to maximise your annual leave in 2022
Here’s how to maximise your annual leave in 2022

Megan Burns

What’s coming to Netflix this November
What’s coming to Netflix this November

Lauren Heskin

The reality of being a single mother by choice: ‘I conceived my son with a sperm donor’
The reality of being a single mother by choice: ‘I conceived my son with a...

Amanda Cassidy

What you watch on TV says a LOT about your personality
What you watch on TV says a LOT about your personality

Amanda Cassidy

The most beautiful and inspiring 5k runs around Dublin
The most beautiful and inspiring 5k runs around Dublin

Megan Burns

Penn Badgley and Cardi B just won this week’s Most Unlikely Friendship Award
Penn Badgley and Cardi B just won this week’s Most Unlikely Friendship Award

Lauren Heskin

50 bricks and mortar Irish shops to support this Christmas
50 bricks and mortar Irish shops to support this Christmas

Eoin Higgins

Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning
Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

Shoes from Katy Perry’s fashion line removed following accusations of ‘blackface’


by Erin Lindsay
12th Feb 2019
Shoes from Katy Perry’s fashion line removed following accusations of ‘blackface’

Shoes from singer Katy Perry’s fashion line have been pulled from shelves, following accusations from the public that the shoes resemble ‘blackface’.

The shoes, which are stocked in US stores such as Walmart and Dillard’s, caused controversy online due to their appearance, which many said resembled the racist practice of ‘blackface’. The accusations are especially significant as it is currently Black History Month, which continues for the whole of February.

Katy Perry
The Katy Perry ‘Rue’ Loafer, which was one style of shoe that caused backlash. Image: Dillard’s

What is blackface?

Blackface is the practice of putting on make-up and exaggerating certain features in order to resemble racist stereotypes of black people. The origins of blackface trace back to ‘minstrel shows’ in the mid-19th century in America, where white performers would use blackface to mimic and mock African slaves; portraying them as lazy, ignorant or aggressive. The practice in the 21st century is widely regarded as deeply offensive.

Blackface in the fashion industry

The backlash to Katy Perry’s fashion line is not the first incident of accusations of blackface being used in the fashion industry. Just last week, major fashion label Gucci came under fire for the same reason, after a high neck, balaclava-style sweater was deemed offensive by the public.

Katy Perry
Image: Gucci

Gucci removed the sweater from their website, and issued an apology, saying:

“We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make. We are fully committed to to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.”

In December, Italian fashion house Prada also faced backlash from customers, after a $550 keychain from its ‘Pradamalia’ line, which took the form of a monkey figure with red over-exaggerated lips, was accused of being offensive.

Prada
Image: Prada

Prada also issued a statement on the products, saying:

 “They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface. Prada Group never had the intention of offending anyone and we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery…”

Also Read

Shoes from Katy Perry’s fashion line removed following accusations of ‘blackface’
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

Shoes from Katy Perry’s fashion line removed following accusations of ‘blackface’
EDITORIAL
‘Romy & Michele’ actress Cortney Wolfston on being fired while pregnant

“I was confused. Hadn’t I just been told this was a perfect time to be pregnant?” she questioned. Actress Cortney...

By Sarah Finnan

Shoes from Katy Perry’s fashion line removed following accusations of ‘blackface’
EDITORIAL
This spatchcock chicken recipe will make your weekend

This is a great way to get a juicy roast chicken, bursting with flavour.     Bord Bia’s Spatchcock Chicken...

By Meg Walker

Shoes from Katy Perry’s fashion line removed following accusations of ‘blackface’
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy

Shoes from Katy Perry’s fashion line removed following accusations of ‘blackface’
EDITORIAL
Trinity Tales: ‘Front Square was her garden, and the city was her playground’

Annie Gatling, now Colleran, knew Trinity College was for her when she saw Front Gate from the top storey of...

By Amanda Cassidy

Shoes from Katy Perry’s fashion line removed following accusations of ‘blackface’
EDITORIAL
5 houseplants we guarantee you can keep alive

For those who buy houseplants with the best of intentions and end up killing them, here’s a selection you’ll be...

By Hannah Hillyer

Shoes from Katy Perry’s fashion line removed following accusations of ‘blackface’
EDITORIAL
Attending multiple weddings this year? How to save money as a guest

These days, going to a wedding is the equivalent of going on a short holiday in terms of cost. From...

By Jennifer McShane