We wonder if Blake Lively is regretting her Instagram post right about now. For an actress who is largely pretty inoffensive (ok, aside from her now-shuttered lifestyle site Preserve), she’s landed herself in unfamiliar waters by quoting a line from the 1992 song ‘Baby Got Back’ by Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Posting a front and back image of herself on the red carpet at Cannes, Lively poked fun at her booty with the caption, ‘L.A. face with an Oakland booty.’ Unfortunately, the joke has been lost on many, with many worldwide media outlets calling her move racially insensitive. The pregnant actress is now the subject of much debate, with many calling out her white woman of privilege position.
US site Jezebel went so far as to call it “problematic” and explained that “it touts a diametrical opposition: that Los Angeles can be equated to elegance and/or beauty (read: whiteness), and that Oakland is its foil (read: blackness).” Others are defending Lively’s right to quote a lyric from such a laughable, but admittedly catchy early ’90s song. Of course, most of the real arguments are on Twitter, with just as many naysayers as there are supporters. So far, no one in Blake Lively’s camp has commented and the image and caption remain on her Instagram page @blakelively.