- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Back in the day you had to dial 1-900-MIX-A-LOT to kick them nasty thoughts. These days, well, there’s always social media.

Actress Blake Lively has caused a stir on social media for quoting lyrics to rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 hit “Baby Got Back,” People magazine reported.

“L.A. face with an Oakland booty,” reads the caption for Ms. Lively’s Instagram post showing side-by-side photos of her on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in a glittery gold dress. The photo on the left shows her from the front while the one on the back is focused on her derriere.

“The problem is that the ‘L.A. face’ and ‘Oakland booty’ have racially charged connotations that are striking some as particularly inappropriate when used by one of Hollywood’s most famously beautiful blondes,” explains People’s Emily Kirkpatrick.

But, as Ms. Kirkpatrick notes, for all the criticism, Ms. Lively also has her share of defenders.

“I think this is hilarious. It’s song lyrics, people! Come on!” protested one.


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