• Anon68

    But she was quoting verbatim a lyric from a famous Sir Mix-A-Lot song, “Baby Got Back”!! Why weren’t black women up in arms when HE said it? On the contrary, they were celebrating it! The entire point of that song was to glorify curvy butts. But it’s racially insensitive when Blake Lively quotes it??

    • VMa

      “Why weren’t black women up in arms when HE said it? On the contrary, they were celebrating it!”

      Shockingly, Black women do not move as a monolith. They have individual reactions to events.

      “But it’s racially insensitive when Blake Lively quotes it??”

      It’s racially insensitive for a white actress to co-opt an aesthetic, in this case a really gross quote made famous by a Black male artist. It borders on cultural appropriation and the lyric is problematic to being with, let alone when those words come from a white woman.

  • I see both sides of the argument, but I feel that Lively clearly did not intend to harm or disrespect any of her fans or onlookers. It’s not as if she used “Oakland booty” in a derogatory manner; she was celebrated her body. That being said I can see how it can be viewed as a form of cultural appropriation and for that I’m sure she’s regretful.

  • Strangelove

    When people say things like “it’s nice to have a nice curve and not look like you’re starving to death” they are reinforcing the idea that you can judge someone’s health and/or eating habits by their appearance.

  • Stella

    She wasn’t poking fun at it at all. She was humorously showing off her assets that she is proud of, with words from one of the few songs out there that celebrates the part she was talking about.

    If we’re going to get on Blake’s case for using it, we should also get on Sir Mix-a-Lot’s case for making it.