Singer Katy Perry is facing backlash over her shoe line. A firestorm started on social media with users saying two pair of shoes in her line resemble “blackface,” the racist face-painting practice.
The black loafers and sandals feature blue eyes, a gold triangular nose, and bright red lips.
They have since been pulled from Perry’s website. Retailers have also removed them from their sites.
A representative for the singer told NBC News that the shoes were part of a collection that was released last summer in nine different shades (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red and silver) and were “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,” Perry said. “Our intention was never to inflict any pain.”
People are already trying to cash in on this controversy. A pair of black loafers is listed on the site Ebay for $5,000.