Blake Lively looked stunning at Cannes Film Festival in a gorgeous gold gown by Atelier Versace. The 28-year-old actress shared a photo of her gown, jokingly captioning the photo “L.A. face with an Oakland booty.” It didn’t take long for people to freak out and state that the actress was racist. Sir Mix-a-Lot, whose hit song “Baby Got Back” inspired the quote, stepped up to defend the actress.
On May 18, Blake showed off a photo of her glamorous gown on Instagram. The photo showed a view of her dress from the front and the back. She joked about her fuller booty while pregnant with her second child. Of course, some people obviously did not see the humor and bashed her online.
Six Mix-a-Lot, 52, felt Blake’s reference shows that the standards of beauty are changing these days rather than being an example of white privilege and appropriation of black culture.
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Some miserable people took to social media to accuse the pregnant actress of racism and using black women and culture as a joke.
But Sir Mix-a-Lot told Pret-a-Porter that he was surprised by the controversy and said, like his song, it was not about race as much as it was about celebrating different body types.
The rapper pointed out that for her to look at her butt and her tiny waist and make the comment shows that beautiful people have accepted our idea of beautiful.
He stated, “But no one in the world is gonna tell me that a woman that wears that dress is thinking that she’s fat. No, I’m sorry, it just doesn’t happen. It sounds like to me like she was giving the line props.”
Sir Mix-a-lot wrote his hit song at a time when women’s curves were frowned upon and popular the waif-thin models were considered the ideal body type.
That inspired him to write the song, which isn’t about race, but because he wanted beauty magazines to realize many different shapes can be beautiful.
The rapper was shocked that Blake had been targeted when other celebrity women have used the same line from his song previously.
Some social media users were in an uproar, with user Kat Bee bashing Blake on twitter.
Another day, another rich white woman using WOC’s bodies as a punchline and commodity. As if Blake Lively wasn’t the worst already.
— Kat Bee (@katbeee) May 18, 2016
Another follower wrote, “Unbelievably problematic, using women of color’s bodies as a joke. I guess you just want people to know you’re racist and you don’t give a s**t.”
One person took things a step farther and wrote, “As if getting married on a slave plantation wasn’t reason enough to hate her.”
Blake Lively and actor Ryan Reynolds were married at Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina, which employed slaves before the Civil War.
We are with Sir Mix-a-Lot. It appears some people just can’t take a joke.