The 28-year-old pregnant actress posted a photo of herself from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival red carpet on Tuesday.
The side-by-side photo features Blake’s front side and back side, and the caption she wrote on it read,
L.A. face with an Oakland booty.
The caption is alyric from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s famous 1992 hit, “Baby Got Back,” a song the rapper wrote specifically to celebrate black women’s bodies.
The intro to the song starts with white girls making fun of black women’s butts, with one saying to the other,
I can’t believe it’s just so round. It’s like, out there. I mean, gross. Look!She’s just so… black!
The Bay Area city of Oakland, in turn, isknown for its large population of black people and working-class citizens.
With that context in mind, some peopleare finding the quote coming from Blake Lively, an upper-class, white actress from LA, to be in poor taste.
Many took their criticisms to Twitter.
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
Blake lively doesn’t have an Oakland booty she doesn’t even have a Rancho cucamunga booty
— a bunch of neurons (@supersloth) May 18, 2016
Has Blake Lively even been to Oakland??
— O Shit Waddup (@HellaBootsy) May 18, 2016
This is not the first time Blake Lively has come under fire for being racially insensitive.
Still, others are saying it’s just a song lyric and the criticisms Blake is now facing are unfair. Many feel the actress shouldn’t have to apologize for merely quoting a song.
But, don’t just listen to me ramble on tell me your thoughts!
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