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Katy Perry ‘saddened’ as her shoe line is taken off shelves for being racist | Ents & Arts News

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Katy Perry has apologised after her shoe line was heavily criticised for evoking racist imagery in the form of blackface.

The 34-year-old pop star’s fashion brand, Katy Perry Collections, removed the footwear from its website immediately after it sparked outrage online.

The two styles of shoe, the Rue Face slip-on loafer and the Ora Face block heel sandal, feature a face with prominent red lips.

The shoes were on sale in US retailers including Walmart, but have been removed following the backlash.

Perry is ‘saddened’ by the response to shoes, which were meant to reflect modern art
A spokeswoman for Perry told Sky News that they have been “saddened” by the negative response to the shoes, which were supposed to be a nod to modern art.

“The Rue and The Ora were part of a collection that was released last summer in nine different colourways (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red, silver) and envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism,” the spokeswoman 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.”

Perry’s shoe line is available to buy at House of Fraser in the UK, though the department store confirmed it has never stocked the Rue and Ora styles.

Several fashion items have recently sparked controversy under similar circumstances.

Gucci has been accused of selling a jumper that resembles 'blackface'. Pic: Gucci/Spring

Gucci has been accused of selling a jumper that resembles ‘blackface’. Pic: Gucci/Spring

Last week, Gucci was forced to apologise after it became embroiled in a racism row – with shoppers complaining that a women’s jumper resembled “blackface”.

The Italian fashion brand faced a barrage of criticism after images emerged of the “balaclava jumper”, which features a cut-out at the mouth that is outlined in red.

In December, Prada removed a series of accessories that included black monkeys with red lips.

The line of small items, called Pradamalia, featured keychains and toys in several colours. However, the black and brown versions had oversized red lips.

And in January last year, high street store H&M came under fire after an image of a black child modelling a hoodie with the slogan “coolest monkey in the jungle” appeared on its website.

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A second planet has been discovered circling Beta Pictoris, a fledgling star in our own galaxy offering astronomers a rare glimpse of a planetary system in the making, according to a study published Monday.

“We talking about a giant planet about 3,000 times more massive than Earth, situated 2.7 times further from its star than the Earth is from the Sun,” said Anne-Marie Lagrange, an astronomer at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research and lead author of a study in Nature Astronomy.

The new planet, b Pictoris c, completes its orbit roughly every 1,200 days. Like its big sister b Pictoris b, discovered by Lagrange and her team in 2009, it is a gassy giant.

Visible with the naked eye, Beta Pictoris — with a mass nearly twice that of the Sun — is a newborn by comparison: only 23 million years old.

The Sun is more than 4.5 billion years old.

It is also relatively nearby, just over 63 light years, and surrounded by a disk of stellar dust, according to a report by AFP.

“To better understand the early stage of formation and evolution, this is probably the best planetary system we know of,” Lagrange said.

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Donald Trump tweets picture of Trump Tower looming over Greenland | US News

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Donald Trump has poked fun at his own suggestion of buying Greenland from Denmark, tweeting a doctored photo of Trump Tower looming over a small village in the Arctic territory.

“I promise not to do this to Greenland!”, the US president joked on Twitter.

Mr Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he was “strategically” interested in such a deal, but said it was not a priority of his administration.

He told reporters: “It’s not number one on the burner.”

Following his remarks, Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen said that Greenland was not for sale and that Mr Trump’s idea of buying it is “an absurd discussion”.

“Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic,” she said.

Ms Frederiksen added that she hopes “that this is not something that is seriously meant”.

Mr Trump’s interest in the Danish territory emerged last week when he reportedly discussed it in a private meeting with advisers.

Danish politicians poured scorn on the idea, with former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen describing it as an “April Fool’s Day joke”.

However, that didn’t not appear to have put off Mr Trump.

Speaking to reporters in New Jersey, he said: “It is something we talked about. Denmark essentially owns it, we are very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world.

“The concept came up – strategically it would be interesting. We’ll talk to them a little bit, it is not number one on the burner at the minute, I can tell you that.



Trump is due to make his first visit to Denmark in early September


Five reasons Trump may want to buy Greenland

“A lot of things could be done, essentially it is a large real estate deal. It’s hurting Denmark very badly because they are losing almost $700m a year carrying it.”

America has had an air base in Greenland for decades as part of its global network of missile radars and space surveillance.

Mr Trump, who is due to visit Denmark in September as part of a European trip, is not the first US president to raise the idea of purchasing the island.

In 1946, president Harry Truman offered to buy Greenland for $100m (£82.4m).

Donald Trump has confirmed reports he discussed buying Greenland from Denmark

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Donald Trump’s interest in the Danish territory emerged last week

The island’s foreign ministry tweeted on Friday: “#Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy and is a new frontier for adventure tourism.

“We’re open for business, not for sale.”

Greenland, a self-ruling part of Denmark, is dependant on Danish economic support and is situated between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

It handles its own domestic affairs, while Copenhagen oversees its defence and foreign policy.

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Why does Donald Trump want to buy Greenland? | US News

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Donald Trump may be in the Oval Office now, but his recent interest in buying Greenland suggests his heart is still in real estate.

The president’s intentions emerged last week when he reportedly discussed buying the Danish territory in a private meeting with advisers.

So, why would Mr Trump want to buy Greenland, and what do we really know about it?

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What’s in it for the president if the US buys Greenland?

:: It’s untapped

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting. And quickly.

The land is thought to be rich in gold, rubies, diamonds, coppers, olivine, marble and oil.

The rapidly melting ice means previously out-of-reach energy and minerals are now more accessible.

China has shown an interest in recent years too…

:: For his legacy?

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National

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Mr Trump is hoping to succeed where former US president Harry Truman failed

Mr Trump might think it would be pretty cool to buy Greenland.

Former US president Harry Truman offered to buy it in 1946 so Mr Trump would probably like to be the one to pull it off.

But it seems unlikely.

:: ‘It would be nice’

Mr Trump’s own words.

When asked about reports that he was exploring the purchase of the 850,000 square mile island from Denmark, the US president said he was “looking at it” as “strategically for the US it would be nice”.

:: To do Denmark a favour?

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One in Morristown, New Jersey, on August 18, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mr Trump has confirmed he is interested in buying Greenland

The president has suggested he has Denmark’s best interests at heart by wanting to buy Greenland.

He said: “A lot of things could be done, essentially it is a large real estate deal. It’s hurting Denmark very badly because they are losing almost $700m a year carrying it.”

:: How much would it cost?

President Truman offered $100m for it in 1946 – which in today’s money would be about $1.3bn.

:: What else do we know about Greenland?

Population: It’s home to 56,000 people. Greenlanders call themselves “Kalaallit” and are an indigenous Inuit people. Inuit means “human being” or “people”. According to Greenland’s government, the indigenous Inuit people make up 85% of the population – the rest are primarily Danes.

The land: It’s officially the world’s largest island that’s not a continent. About 80% of Greenland is covered by ice and snow. People mostly live in the 20% of the country that isn’t – mainly on the coast.

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Greenlanders live in coastal towns and cities

Weather: Average temperatures rarely exceed 10C (50F) during the summer, and that’s usually just in July – the only month when the temperature reaches above freezing. The longest day of the year is 21 June – which is also a national holiday. Donald Trump’s birthday is on 14 June so maybe he’d make it a week-long celebration. The nation celebrates on 21 June because that’s the day the flag received its official introduction in 1985.

The snow-covered shore is reflected in the still water of a fjord near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson SEARCH

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Only 56,000 people live in Greenland

Speaking of flags: The white half of the flag symbolises Greenland’s icecap. The red half symbolises the rising and setting sun.

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And speaking of the sun: It doesn’t set from 25 May to 25 July. Good for people with low vitamin D.

Language: The official language is Greenlandic. Children learn Greenlandic at school as well as Danish and English. West Greenlandic is the official language but there are dialects spoken in Eastern and Northern Greenland.

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