Blake Lively stirred up resentment on the internet after posting a photo of herself at the Cannes Film Festival on her Instagram account.
The actress posted a photo of herself from the front and the back with the caption: "L.A. face with an Oakland booty."
The quote is a line from Sir Mix-a-Lot's ode to big butts, Baby Got Back.
LA face refers to a woman who’s face looks like she’s from Los Angeles, whereas her ‘booty’ looks like it’s from Oakland – a neighbouring city with a large African American population, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Many netizens claimed that her caption was disrepectful and "racially insensitive".
However, Sir Mix-A-Lot himself has responded to the controversy and spoke about how his song was never about race but instead about how he wanted different beauty standards to be acknowledged in mainstream media.
He told the Hollywood Reporter:
That song was written with African-American women in mind, but trust me, there are white women with those curves everywhere, and they were once considered fat. And that’s what the song was about. It wasn’t about some race battle.
"So 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.’ I mean, I don’t look at Serena Williams as fat. I don’t think she has an ounce of fat anywhere on her. I didn’t want there to be one voice. I wanted to say, ‘Hey, us over here! What we feel like is this.’"
So maybe people need to calm down and give Blake a break.