- The Washington Times - Friday, May 20, 2016

Two days after actress Blake Lively touched off a wave of criticism on social media with a photo touting her posterior with a quote from ‘90s hit song “Baby Got Back,” the man who made the lyric famous came to her defense.

The Instagram post showed the actress, who is white, from a rear angle, captioned, “L.A. face with an Oakland booty,” a line from rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot’s hit.

The rapper weighed in on the controversy to People magazine, defending the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” star from charges that her comment was demeaning to blacks or at least culturally insensitive.

“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,” People quoted the rapper.

“I think we have to be careful what we wish for as African-Americans, because if you say she doesn’t have the right to say that, then how do you expect her at the same time to embrace your beauty?” he added. “I think it’s almost a nod of approval, and that was what I wanted. I wanted our idea of beautiful to be accepted.”

Incidentally, Ms. Lively, who got her start in Hollywood with the CW drama “Gossip Girl,” is a Los Angeles native.

 

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