That might be the most “2019” headline of the year.
It’s true though. One of Katy Perry’s shoe designs is being accused of blackface.
My first reaction? Those shoes are UGLY. I really didn’t see “blackface,” because the shoes also come in beige. So really, you’ve got an ugly beige shoe with a face on it, and an ugly black shoe with a face on it. The end.
Still, the backlash was so severe that retailers started taking the shoes off their shelves. Katy Perry and Global Brands Group eventually released a statement to the Hollywood Reporter:
“The Rue and The Ora were part of a collection that was released last summer in 9 different colorways (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red, silver) and envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism. I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface. Our intention was never to inflict any pain. We have immediately removed them from Katy Perry Collections.”
“Shark Tank” star Daymond John weighed in. His response was pretty reasonable when it came to the Gucci thing. And Katy Perry’s shoes? He thinks that’s a non-issue.
Thoughts? Were the shoes “blackface,” or have we gone full mad?