Blake Lively has broken her silence on the controversy over her ‘L.A. Face eith an Oakland Booty; caption of a photo she posted on Instagram. She weighs in weeks after social media exploded with backlash and outrage for swiping the lyric — with none other than the ‘Baby Got Back’ rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot himself came to her defense.
Starring in the much anticipated movie, ‘The Shallows,’ Blake Lively has been making the promo rounds even as she is advancing in her pregnancy. She and husband husband Ryan Reynolds are expecting their second child. It was at the Cannes Film Festival when she barely had a hint of a baby bump that she posted the photo you can see below that just about broke the Internet.
No, not that the photo is racy or in any way inappropriate nor was it Photoshopped beyond acceptable standards (which of course are ever changing). But some took issue with her using Sir Mix-A-Lot’s famous lyric from ‘Baby Got Back’ to describe her physique. Some took it as appropriation, if not outright mockery of black culture.
In an interview with Sway Calloway on Shade 45, as E!News reports, she broke her silence.
She told the radio host, “It’s something I was proud of. I never meant to offend anyone. But Sir Mix-A-Lot, he actually said a very nice thing, he was very defensive and kind, because it’s just about celebrating women’s bodies, and that’s what I was doing. I would never want to hurt anyone’s feelings or upset anyone.”
A few weeks ago, Sir Mix-A-Lot told THR, “That song was written with African-American women in mind, but trust me, there are white women with those curves everywhere, and they were once considered fat. And that’s what the song was about. It wasn’t about some race battle.”
And echoing his comments, Blake Lively said, “I was celebrating my body. It’s nice to have a nice curve and not look like you’re starving to death.”
The controversy, if anything, reflects the hypersensitivity and political correctness of our era when even in the past few years seems to go into overdrive with little provocation. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Katy Perry on Twitter and Kim Kardashian on Instagram also used the very same lyric to celebrate their curves.
In her interview with Sway Calloway, Blake Lively also took the opportunity to speak about the impossible standards of beauty that women are subjected to, thanks in no small part to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.
She said, “It’s also unfair what you see in the media so much. What I look like on a red carpet is not what I look like in real life.”
Elaborating, she added, “Even in that dress, I’m wearing a great, tiny corset that like someone has synched me in within an inch of my life and it’s the most favorable version.”
Further underscoring that disparity between the unreality of the red carpet — even for the actresses — and real life, she said, “So when you look at yourself in the mirror at home and you don’t look like that, you think ‘well why do those people look like that?’ But when I go home and take off that dress and look in the mirror, I don’t look like that either.”
You can hear the full audio below as Blake Lively defends herself amidst the ‘L.A. Face with an Oakland Booty’ controversy.