UPDATE 4:33 p.m.: Sir Mix-A-Lot has spoken out about the Blake Lively controversy, insisting the song wasn't about a "battle" of races. "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 told the Hollywood Reporter Thursday. "And that's what the song was about."
As for the controversy brewed by Lively's Instagram, Sir Mix-A-Lot doesn't see what the big deal is. "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?" he said. "That's the way I took it." Read his full statement on the controversy here.
See original story from 05/18/16 below.
Blake Lively may be receiving decent reviews for her turn in Woody Allen's Cannes-premiered Café Society, but her Instagramming is currently suffering some critical blows. Lively, sharing a split photo from Cannes Tuesday, harnessed the power of Sir Mix-A-Lot's 1992 classic "Baby Got Back" in the photo's caption:
The Gossip Girl star's decision to pair the 'gram with that "L.A. face, Oakland booty" lyrical excerpt, however, likely isn't having the desired effect. The internet wasted little time filling Lively in on why exactly the "Baby Got Back" reference, though a common misstep among celebs, was the wrong move:
The photo, which remains live on Lively's Instagram with the caption still attached, also brings to mind previous instances of Sir Mix-a-Lot quotes gone awry. Both Katy Perry and Khloé Kardashian have previously used the "L.A. face, Oakland beauty" line on social media, though the immediate reaction to their Sir Mix-A-Lot nods didn’t quite smash into headlines:
Representatives for Sir Mix-A-Lot did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.