Adam Carolla doesn’t want to hear that you’re offended by Katy Perry’s “blackface” shoes, and he also doesn’t want to hear the pop star apologize to those who took offense.
As a matter of fact, the reigning king of podcasting would like all of those people calling the black version of her Rue and Ora shoes with a cartoonish face adorned to them “problematic” to “kill” themselves.
The shoes in question, released last summer in nine different colors, were pulled from Perry’s online collection and multiple retail stores after creating a bit of a stir on social media. Below is a tweet we selected for this story as it depicts both the black and beige versions of one style.
Katy Perry 'Blackface' Shoe to Be Pulled from Shelves
Ok, can we just make this a rule that ANY product, service or person that is NOT Black will NOT create, promote or apply any combination of BLACK + FACE
— Kim Crayton ???? ????????#causeascene (@KimCrayton1) February 11, 2019
“To all the people that find this problematic: Will you please kill yourself?” Carolla said during a Wednesday recording of Thursday’s “Adam Carolla Show” episode.
“You’re making my entire life problematic with your ‘I find this problematic,'” he continued. “Nobody finds this problematic.”
“Would you kill yourselves you a–holes? Please!” Carolla said. “Please kill yourself, you’re infecting my life.”
Perry says the shoes were meant to be a “nod to modern art and surrealism,” and that she was “saddened” when the backlash-inducing interpretation was brought to her attention.
Carolla doesn’t think the pop star should apologize for the product.
“Don’t apologize. When you apologize, you make it worse,” he advised Perry (and the world, she was not a guest) via his main podcast. “Tell everyone to get over themselves.”
Here is Perry’s statement from earlier this week:
“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. 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 http://
“This isn’t hurtful to anybody. Her shoes aren’t hurtful to anyone,” Carolla continued. “Blackface may be hurtful to people — her shoes aren’t.”
“Man up,” he told Perry, and “tell everyone to shut up.”
He then invited anyone offended by the footwear to kill themselves a few more times, adding, “I’m not kidding.”
And then Carolla, who believes that peppering minorities with reminders of racism and sexism, etc. is what can truly keep their communities down, got really heated.
“I swear to God, I’m the only one who fully understands how dangerous this is, how insidious this is,” he said, raising his voice into a common Carolla rant. “To raise a whole ‘nother group — a whole generation of young, black kids — to think they have a target on their back? Living in the freest country in the world? You’re ruining them! You have no idea how irresponsible this is!”
“I hate you,” Carolla said of those he says are “virtue-signaling” over this and similar issues. “The only message should be: We’re in the greatest country in the world, we’re in the freest country in the world, go out and make some hay while the sun shines.”
Watch the video above.
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