Blake Lively’s got (Sir Mix-A-Lot at her) back.
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Following a ton of backlash Lively faced on Twitter for posting a photo of her rear end with the caption, “An L.A. face with an Oakland booty,” Sir Mix-A-Lot is speaking out in support of Lively, who borrowed a line from his chart-topper “Baby Got Back” for the caption.
“The reason I wrote the song was because I always felt that the African American idea of what was beautiful was shunned… what was promoted as beautiful was kind of really waif-thin, borderline heroin addicts. I don’t mean that literally, I mean the look. That was kind of pushed at us, and we were told that it was beautiful, and what I started to see was some people of color either being ashamed of who they were or trying their best to assimilate,” he said in a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I wrote this song not as a battle between the races. I wrote the song because I wanted Cosmopolitan, I wanted all these big magazines to kind of open up a little bit and say, ‘Wait a minute, this may not be the only beautiful.'”
He then spoke up in support of Lively, saying her post proves that beauty standards are being rewritten.
“Fast-forward to Blake Lively. 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? That’s the way I took it,” he said. “If what Blake Lively meant by that comment was, ‘Oh my goodness, I’ve gained weight, I look horrible,’ — and I doubt that she did — then I’m with the critics. But no one in the world is gonna tell me that a woman that wears that dress is thinking that she’s fat… It sounds like to me like she was giving the line props.”
But that’s not it. You can even wear the lyrics on your body. That’s right, new to his merch lineup is a T-shirt with “LA face” on the front and “Oakland booty” on the back.
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