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Shoes pulled from Katy Perry line after blackface criticism

Katy Perry.
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Katy Perry.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry’s fashion line has pulled two types of shoes after some people compared them to blackface.

The Ora Face Block Heel and Rue Face Slip-On Loafers were released last summer in nine different colors. They included protruding eyes, nose and red lips.

In a statement released Tuesday by the singer and company, they said the shoes were ‘‘envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism.’’ The singer says she was saddened when she learned they were being compared to blackface and were ‘‘immediately removed’’ from the company’s website.

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Perry’s is the latest company to withdraw products after they were compared to blackface. Gucci took a sweater off the market last week and Prada removed a series of accessories that resembled black monkeys with red lips in December.