Wait, Those Katy Perry Shoes Aren't Actually Blackface

Another blackface controversy — or is it? On Monday, Katy Perry pulled two styles of shoes from her namesake line following complaints that they look like blackface makeup. The shoes in question were a slip-on mule, called \'Rue Face,\' as well as the \'Ora Face,\' both featuring facial features on a black shoe.But do the shoes deserve the criticism they\'ve received?On Tuesday, the \"Firework\" singer responded to the backlash, releasing a statement to Entertainment Tonight, saying: \"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.\" The statement continues: \"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 katyperrycollections.com.\"Katy Perry \'Blackface\' Shoe to Be Pulled