Blake Lively has opened up about the recent controversy she stirred up after using Sir Mix-A-Lot lyrics on Instagram, insisting the post was “just about celebrating women’s bodies”.
The mum-to-be attended the Cannes Film Festival in France last month (May16) and walked the red carpet wearing a stunning gold sequinned gown.
Blake posted a photo of herself from the event on Instagram, and drew attention to the fact that her bottom is getting bigger with her second pregnancy.
She captioned the shot: “L.A. face and Oakland booty.”
This was a reference to the Sir Mix-A-Lot track Baby Got Back (I Like Big Butts), in which the rapper suggests that people from the California city of Oakland – a high percentage of whom are African-American – have curvy derrieres.
Many social media users took aim at Blake for the caption and blasted her for being racially insensitive.
Despite the criticism, the former Gossip Girl star didn’t remove the snap from her page. But on Tuesday (21Jun16), she opened up about the controversy for the first time during an interview with DJ Sway Calloway on his Shade 45 radio show, and defended her use of the lyric.
“It’s something I was proud of,” she said of her ‘Oakland booty’. “I never meant to offend anyone. But Sir Mix-A-Lot, he actually said a very nice thing; he was very defensive and kind, because it’s just about celebrating women’s bodies, and that’s what I was doing. I would never want to hurt anyone’s feelings or upset anyone.”
“I was celebrating my body,” she continued. “It’s nice to have a nice curve and not look like you’re starving to death.”
Blake went on to explain that her looks on the red carpet aren’t exactly what wears around the house, stating, “Even in that dress, I’m wearing a great, tiny corset that, like, someone has cinched me in within an inch of my life and it’s the most favourable version. So when you look at yourself in the mirror at home and you don’t look like that, you think, ‘Well, why do those people look like that?’ But when I go home and take off that dress and look in the mirror, I don’t look like that either.”
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