'Shark Tank' Star Daymond John Katy Perry's Shoe Wasn't Blackface And That

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Daymond John‘s defending Katy Perry‘s “blackface” shoe design, and even says it’s possible Gucci was trying to pay homage to a genre of art with its controversial sweater — but most likely it was something more calculated.

The “Shark Tank” star was outside Craig’s in WeHo Tuesday night and talked to us about Gucci’s blackface debacle. Remember, Daymond has a ton of knowledge about clothing design — see FUBU — and he took us behind the curtain … saying Gucci cooked up that sweater knowing what the public response could be.

His take is interesting, because he says not everything that appears to be blackface at first glance is definitely so … but you gotta know your history.

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As for Katy Perry’s shoe, the business guru sides with the singer and doesn’t believe it should be considered offensive or racist … and gives a full tutorial on what does and doesn’t qualify as blackface (or whiteface).

Watch the clip … it’s definitely good news for the Wayans brothers and Robert Downey Jr.