Katy Perry Shoes Pulled After Blackface Backlash

Shoes that are part of a line by pop star Katy Perry have been pulled from retailers Dillards and Walmart after one style was called out for evoking the racist imagery of blackface. The style in question—on a pair of mules and some high-heeled sandals—features eyes and big red lips, resembling minstrel makeup. The retailers are pulling the offensive style after facing social-media backlash. The rest of the line won’t be pulled. The incident comes just days after Gucci pulled a turtleneck sweater featuring a mouth cover with wide red lips from its website. In December, Prada pulled a range of accessories featuring black characters with oversized red lips.