The American actress and model, Blake Lively, has come under a lot of fire after she was accused of posting a picture on Instagram with a ‘racist’ caption.
While at Cannes Film Festival for the red carpet premier of her latest film, Cafe Society, Lively shared a snap of her face and her rather large posterior with a caption reading, ‘L.A Face with an Oakland Booty’.
For those of you who aren’t aware, the caption was a reference to the 1992 classic by Sir Mix-A-Lot, Baby Got Back – a song about a love of humongous buttocks while also challenging the mainstream depiction of beauty in the early 90’s.
The line ‘LA Face with an Oakland Booty’, is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. It’s about a woman whose face looks like she’s from Los Angeles, whereas her ‘booty’ looks like it comes from Oakland – a neighbouring city with a large African American population, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
So yeah, you can see why people aren’t too happy about it:
This is a reminder that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married on a plantation where slave cabins still stand. pic.twitter.com/9rbKXH2WDc
— Melissa Radzimski (@melissaradz) May 18, 2016
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
I want to follow Blake Lively just to unfollow after this LA/Oakland business. So much privilege even GOOP feels uncomfortable.
— Melinda (@mindamaureen) May 18, 2016
With how gentrified Oakland has become, Blake Lively kind of does have an LA face with an Oakland booty.
— "Ian" "Karmel" (@IanKarmel) May 18, 2016
Whereas others said that the whole thing had been massively blown out of proportion:
This Blake Lively controversy really feels like we are stretching and dissecting it waaaaayyyyyyy too much. Or am I missing something?
— Kenny Hamilton (@KennyHamilton) May 19, 2016
Blake Lively quotes Sir Mix-A-Lot, gets called "racist." Because everything's offensive & everyone's stupid. https://t.co/93Y16Maj4X
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) May 19, 2016
if you found Blake Lively quoting Sir Mix A Lot offensive and racist….please stop following me and re-examine your life & sensitivities
— Amy Harber??⚾️ (@AmyHarber) May 18, 2016
Whether you think it’s racist or not, one thing remains certain. Baby Got Back-lash.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.