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Katy Perry steps out for the first time since sparking controversy for shoes evoking blackface Dai

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    Katy Perry steps out for the first time since sparking controversy for shoes evoking blackface Dai
    stepped out for the first time since her shoe line stirred controversy for selling a piece of footwear likened to blackface this Tuesday.
    The Roar singer aimed for an incognito appearance while seen shopping at interior decor spot Table Art in West Hollywood.
    Her outing came in the wake of Katy, 34, and her accessories brand Katy Perry Collections pulling two designs from the line after the face shoes were called out for evoking blackface.
    Low key: On Tuesday Katy Perry stepped out for the first time since her shoes caused controversy after being likened to blackface 
    Problematic: Her outing came in the wake of Katy, 34, and her accessories brand Katy Perry Collections pulling two designs from the line after the face shoes were called out for evoking blackface
    Perry was dressed down in two tone leggings and a baseball tee for her outing. She added a long puffer jacket on the outside to protect from the unusually cold LA weather. Hiding behind dark glasses and wearing AirPods in each ear, it was clear that the star wanted to be left alone. 
    Since the controversy emerged, Katy, 34, and Global Brands Group released a statement to DailyMail.com explaining that the two shoe styles were part of a larger collection and were never intended to inflict any pain. 
    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 said.
    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. 
    Batter up: Perry was dressed down in two tone leggings and a baseball tee for her outing
    Double trouble: The Ora Face Block Heel Sandal came in either black or gold and featured an identical design
    Stores: Both shoe styles retailed for dollar 129 per pair on Katy Perry Collections, and at Dillards pictured and Walmart before they were pulled 
    Fans  took to Twitter to slam the pop star, with many pointing out that Katys shoe design is representative of the fashion worlds problematic relationship with blackface and cultural appropriation. 
    @katyperry are you actually serious right now?! blackface on a SHOE?? what is WRONG with you, one person tweeted. 
    Someone else commented: @katyperry so this what we doing now?!?! Blackface shoes to go with @gucci blackface sweater?!?!
    Now Katy Perry got blackface shoes, another Twitter user wrote. All these different designs out here I have no other choice than to believe they doing this stuff on purpose. 
    Backlash: Other critics took to Twitter to slam the pop star, who said in a statement that she was saddened the designs were being compared to blackface 
    Ongoing issue: Many pointed out that Katys shoe design is representative of the fashion worlds problematic relationship with blackface and cultural appropriation
    Fed up: One Twitter user sarcastically suggested the shoes are to go with the blackface sweater Gucci recently apologized for selling 
    Outrage: Kieren Boyce stressed that ignorance is never a fashion statement while sharing images of other offensive designs 
    The Roar singer received similar backlash when she shared a photo of the shoes on her Instagram in August 2018, writing: Face it its always a good time to put your best foot forward.
    Why do you have black face [?] one person commented, while another added: Yall better get some black people looking over these designs pre production.
    Over the years, Katy has also been called out for cultural appropriation on numerous occasions, most notably a 2013 AMAs performance in which she dressed as a geisha.
    That same year, she was heavily criticized for wearing cornrows in her hair in her This is How We Do video. 
    Katy apologized for her history of cultural appropriation in a 2017 interview with Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson, saying she may never understand the struggles of other cultures, but she will continue to educate herself.  
    Outrage: Katy received similar backlash when she shared a photo of the shoes on her Instagram in August 2018
    Past behavior: Katy has also been called out for cultural appropriation after she dressed as a geisha for a performance left and wore cornrows in a music video right
    Apology: Our intention was never to inflict any pain. We have immediately removed them from Katy Perry Collections, Katy and her brand management company said in a statement 
    The singer and her brand management company pulled the two offending shoe styles less than a week after Gucci apologized for selling a sweater that many social media users said resembled blackface because of its design. 
    The dollar 890 black balaclava knit top from the labels Fall/Winter 2018 season features a cut out at the mouth that is outlined in red.
    The controversial top has been discontinued after it sparked outrage on Twitter, with many claiming that it was a form of blackface.   
    Searches on Guccis website revealed that the item is no longer listed, but archive searches indicate that the clothing item was last on the brands site in January. 
    A Twitter user named Rashida shared a screengrab of another mask like item that Gucci showed off on the runway last year, writing: They have a mask to match so you can have a chic classic black face moment without the mess of paint.
    Poor choice: Last week, Gucci was heavily criticized for its dollar 890 balaclava knit top from the Fall/Winter 2018 season, which features a cut out at the mouth that is outlined in red
    Apology: Gucci took to Twitter to apologize for the sweater, insisting diversity was fundamental for the brand
    The sentiment was shared by @stegotaurus, who added: THIIIIIIIS is blackface guys. THIS. huge overdramatic red lips and a literal BLACK face. This is DISGUSTING. I dont wanna see any of you with Gucci belts and slides after this.
    Gucci took to Twitter to apologize for the sweater, insisting that diversity was fundamental for the brand.
    Gucci deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper, the label tweeted last Wednesday, just hours after DailyMail.com asked the brand for comment.
    We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make.  
    The controversy came just a week after images emerged showing a man in blackface and another man in Ku Klux Klan robes on Virginia Governor Ralph Northams 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page. 
    The Democrat politician apologized for the photo but then later claimed neither man is him. However, he did admit to having darkened his face with shoe polish while dressing up as Michael Jackson around the same time.  
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