Just when you thought her anti-woke track record couldn't get any worse, Blake Lively has made yet another passively racist gaffe.
The actress posted a photo of herself on Instagram Tuesday night (May 17) with the caption: "LA face with an Oakland booty." Ostensibly, the line is a reference to Sir-Mix-a-Lot's '90s hit "Baby Got Back," but Lively's usage is ignorant at best. Essentially, it means she has a beautiful, citified face with a butt hailing from a traditionally POC-dominant area.
Yes, it's a song lyric. But just because you weren't the one to originally pen certain words doesn't make you blameless for using them.
Ever since societal emphasis on women's bodies shifted from boobs to butts, white women claiming to have "black booties" has been pretty rampant (Khloe Kardashian came under fire for citing the same lyric). But by including reference to having an "LA face," there's a clear classist association made here — these rich white women want to look black, but not too black. Rather, they really just want to be associated with a hyper-sexualized body part traditionally associated with black women, an opinion shared by some internet users.
And, as previously referenced, this isn't the first time Lively has raised eyebrows for making potentially racist, or at the very least ignorant, remarks and associations. The actress, who also attracted flak earlier this week for claiming Woody Allen is "empowering to women," has a pretty dubious track record with these things.
She loves the Antebellum South. Like, a lot.
"The term 'Southern Belle' came to fruition during the Antebellum period (prior to the Civil War), acknowledging women with an inherent social distinction who set the standards for style and appearance. These women epitomized Southern hospitality with a cultivation of beauty and grace, but even more with a captivating and magnetic sensibility. While at times depicted as coy, these belles of the ball, in actuality could command attention with the ease of a hummingbird relishing a pastoral bloom."
Omitted is what else these 'Southern Belles' could command: the hundreds of human beings they owned. You can't present a glorified image of the slave-owning South anymore, Blake. You JUST CAN'T.
But hey, she TRIED to pay tribute to the history of slavery ... with a muffin recipe?
A seriously misguided blueberry muffin recipe, also from Preserve:
"The blues began in the deep South, as a means to voice injustice and hardship in the African American community ... But it's more than music ... Blue looks good on you, baby. And it tastes good, too. Cozy up with our Best of the Blues playlist and indulge in another distinctly American tradition: A blueberry muffin recipe that offers a sweet escape and a cheesy twist. Ain't nobody's business if you do."