'Saddened' Katy Perry Speaks out on Blackface Shoes Controversy

"In order to be respectful and sensitive the team is in the process of pulling the shoes,” a source for Perry's brand stated

She added: "I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface".

Others pointed out that if companies like Perry's hired more people of colour, they could avoid racist imagery from hitting the shelves. Representatives for Katy Perry, Katy Perry Collections, Walmart, and Dillard's did not immediately respond to INSIDER's requests for comment.

The shoe has been removed from the Katy Perry Collections website on behalf of Perry and Global Brands Group, the representative said.

Mallory, 38, did not mention the word blackface in her caption, but several of her followers pointed out that design appeared very similar to the racist theatrical makeup used to represent a black person in the 19th century.

"Regarding Katy Perry's shoes; if you have to second guess whether a design is blackface/racist.it probably is!" posted another Twitter user.

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While Villa walked most of the red carpet wearing the border wall-inspired dress, she didn't arrive that way. I'm black, and I believe in what the president's saying", the singer told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday.

The singer's line of sandal and loafers were pulled from stores including Walmart after critics argued against its similarity to Blackface characters. Well, we've got a new blackface controversy in the fashion world and this one is courtesy of Katy Perry. Even singer Masika Kalysha is calling for Katy to answer for this, saying on social media ...

Prada apologized for monkey-like figures with black faces and large red lips and pledged to withdraw some of the products.

The Italian fashion house bosses came under fire after advertising a black knitted "balaclava jumper", which covers the lower half of the face and featured a red-lipped cut-out around the mouth.

Gucci has since released an apology in an official statement circulated on Twitter.

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