As the controversy surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's blackface photo continues to grow, some items from Katy Perry's fashion line are being yanked from retailers due to their unfortunate resemblance to blackface performers from a minstrel show.More news: Samsung foldable smartphone teased for next week
The black versions are the more startling: They feature metal appliques imitating eyes and nose, plus exaggerated red lips on the vamp, the upper part of the shoes. "In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes", the source added. The shoes that, as the New York Post points out, evoke - intentionally or not - the racist imagery associated with blackface.
Katy Perry may be in the midst of doing some major damage control.More news: Phil Mickelson finishes off a 5th win at Pebble Beach
Fashion designer Dapper Dan released a statement on Gucci and Prada's previous Blackface designs, calling out the brands who need to hold responsibility for their offensive designs. "I am a Black man before I am a brand", he tweeted. "There is no excuse nor apology that can erase this kind of insult". However, TMZ reported once Katy became aware of the uproar, she made the decision to remove the shoes.More news: Acting US Defense Secretary makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan