Katy Perry dressed as a geisha at the 2013 American Music Awards, for which she has called out. Now styles from her shoe line have been withdrawn amid claims they evoke blackface imagery. Photo: Handout

Amid Virginia race row, Katy Perry pulls ‘blackface’ shoe designs; pop star’s been called out before for cultural appropriation

  • Before the furore caused by two shoe styles from Perry’s footwear brand, the singer was criticised for dressing as a geisha at an awards ceremony
  • On one tour, her backup dancers were dressed as mummies with large behinds, prompting accusations of stereotyping black women
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Katy Perry dressed as a geisha at the 2013 American Music Awards, for which she has called out. Now styles from her shoe line have been withdrawn amid claims they evoke blackface imagery. Photo: Handout
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