Viral Blake Lively Sets Off Firestorm with Instagram Post of Her 'Oakland Booty'
Actress Blake Lively set off a social media firestorm with an Instagram photo of her in a gown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Lively, who is pregnant with her second child, captioned a picture prominently featuring her backside, "L.A. face with an Oakland booty."
The line, which was made famous in Sir Mix-a-Lot's 1992 song "Baby Got Back (I Like Big Butts)," has infuriated many people, who have accused Lively of racism for referring to an "Oakland booty."
"Blake Lively is unexpectedly racist" seems like some kind of 2008 Gawker-headline-predicting bot gone horribly wrong. AND YET!
— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) May 18, 2016
....is Blake Lively even from Oakland???
— beyonce pad thai (@thearrctic) May 18, 2016
Blake Lively’s 'LA Face, Oakland Booty' Joke Has Us Shaking Our Heads https://t.co/xeyxBGle43
— Prince News (@PrinceRNews) May 18, 2016
— mayrone negash (@Mayyylovesyou) May 18, 2016
Lena Dunham & Blake Lively are literally the whitest of all white “feminist”s. #ICANT
— Arezoo (@Raging_Fem) May 18, 2016
Ew Blake Lively just stop
— The Hanger Games (@kormaqueen) May 18, 2016
Feeling justified in my long time annoyance with Blake lively
— lil king trash mouth (@EmilysKnotHere) May 18, 2016
someone stop blake lively
— emma (@emmapaling) May 18, 2016
I want to follow Blake Lively just to unfollow after this LA/Oakland business. So much privilege even GOOP feels uncomfortable.
— Melinda (@mindamaureen) May 18, 2016
she CANNOT be serious pic.twitter.com/XR5mkq7vSV
— Gaby Wilson (@GabrielleWilson) May 18, 2016
Not all the reaction has been negative, however. Some people have said the criticism is unfair and Lively shouldn't be shamed for merely quoting a song.
Lively was at the film festival for the world premiere of Woody Allen’s "Cafe Society."
What do you think of her Instagram post?