Monday 24 October 2016

Blake Lively criticised for ‘LA face with an Oakland booty' Instagram post

Heather Saul

Published 19/05/2016 | 22:00

Credit: Instagram/Blake Lively
Credit: Instagram/Blake Lively

Blake Lively has divided her fans and critics with an Instagram post that included the lyrics “LA face with an Oakland booty.”

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The actress shared images of herself from the front and from behind on her page during an appearance at Cannes Film Festival under the lyric from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”.

Lively was criticised for sharing the lyrics as a privileged white woman by some users who branded her out of touch. The feminist blog Jezebel claimed the caption was “problematic” because of the division set up in the lyric.

Jezebel blogger JE Reich wrote: “In the end, it touts a diametrical opposition: that Los Angeles can be equated to elegance and/or beauty (read: whiteness), and that Oakland is its foil (read: blackness).”

However, a number of people questioned the backlash, with some suggesting that if there is an issue, it lies with the lyrics, not in Lively using them.

Representatives for Lively did not respond to a request for comment.

L.A. face with an Oakland booty

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