I was a bit baffled this morning when I saw that Blake Lively was trending on twitter for captioning a photo with a line from the infamous Sir-Mix-Alot’s Baby Got Back:
“LA face with an Oakland Booty”
It all started with a picture of her butt on Instagram.
Lively, who is preggers with her second child with husband Ryan Reynolds, got a stream of abuse saying that the line had racist undertones:
A heap of tweets were offended by the idea that a white, privileged woman could be so ‘out of touch.’
In consideration, the song lyrics are pretty have offensive undertones – the suggestion is that the ‘LA face’ is glamorous and elegant, whereas the ‘Oakland booty’ is sexualised.
But is that Blake’s fault? Where is the interviewer’s microphone to Sir-Mix-Alot for differentiating white and black bodies/beauty in such a way?
Has she just not.quite.got it right caption wise?
I don’t know…what do you think?
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