Sir Mix-A-Lot Responds To Blake Lively's "Oakland Booty" Instagram Caption
He doesn't think what she said was racist. Do you agree?
In a notable case of Instagram-captions-gone-wrong, Blake Lively caught a ton of heat earlier this week for writing "L.A. face with an Oakland booty" underneath a photo of herself attending the Cannes Film Festival.
The lyric, obviously, comes from Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," and some called Lively out on being racially insensitive and fetishizing black women's bodies.
Now Sir Mix-A-Lot has joined the fray, and he's opted to defend Lively, basically calling it a progressive move on her part.
"For her to look at her butt and that little waist and to say, 'L.A. face with an Oakland booty,' doesn't that mean that the norm has changed, that the beautiful people have accepted our idea of beautiful?" Mix-A-Lot told The Hollywood Reporter. "That's the way I took it."
"I think it's almost a nod of approval, and that was what I wanted," he continued. "I wanted our idea of beautiful to be accepted. I think now not only is it accepted, but it's expected."
"I'm not telling people what they can like and not like," he explained. "That song was written with African-American women in mind, but trust me when I tell you that there are women out there with those curves everywhere, and they were once considered fat," he continued. "And that's what the song was about. It wasn't about some race battle."
Do you agree? You can read Sir Mix-A-Lot's full response here.