Sir Mix-a-Lot defends Blake Lively’s Instagram post – Entertainment Weekly

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Remember when a certain beloved Hollywood blonde by the name of Blake Lively posted a photo of her couture-clad posterior to Instagram with a caption that set the Internet aflame? (Hereโ€™s the recap.) Well there was one crucial man in the midst of this whole story who remained unperturbed โ€” Sir Mix-a-Lot. In fact, the creator of the lyric Blake quoted says that he actually liked the photo and โ€œwas a little surprised at the criticism.โ€

In a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the man whose ideal female measurements every person in the world can rattle off by heart started off by giving a brief history lesson explaining that, โ€œthe reason I wrote the song was because I always felt that the African American idea of what was beautiful was shunnedโ€ฆwhat was promoted as beautiful was kind of really waif-thin, borderline heroin addicts. I donโ€™t mean that literally, I mean the look. That was kind of pushed at us, and we were told that it was beautiful, and what I started to see was some people of color either being ashamed of who they were or trying their best to assimilate.โ€ And so, he was inspired to pen the now iconic โ€œBaby Got Back,โ€ saying, โ€œI wrote this song not as a battle between the races. I wrote the song because I wanted Cosmopolitan, I wanted all these big magazines to kind of open up a little bit and say, โ€˜Wait a minute, this may not be the only beautiful.โ€™โ€

He then brings it back to the current drama at hand, saying, โ€œFast-forward to Blake Lively. For her to look at her butt and that little waist and to say โ€˜L.A. face with an Oakland booty,โ€™ doesnโ€™t that mean that the norm has changed, that the beautiful people have accepted our idea of beautiful? Thatโ€™s the way I took it.โ€

L.A. face with an Oakland booty

A photo posted by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on May 17, 2016 at 5:04pm PDT

The rapper continued, however, that in the interest of not being perceived by critics as an โ€œUncle Tomโ€ his approval of Blakeโ€™s usage is completely contextual. โ€œIf what Blake Lively meant by that comment was, โ€˜Oh my goodness, Iโ€™ve gained weight, I look horrible,โ€™โ€“ and I doubt that she did โ€” then Iโ€™m with the critics,โ€ he said, โ€œBut no one in the world is gonna tell me that a woman that wears that dress is thinking that sheโ€™s fatโ€ฆIt sounds like to me like she was giving the line props.โ€

He concludes, โ€œI think we have to be careful what we wish for as African Americans, because if you say she doesnโ€™t have the right to say that, then how do you expect her at the same time to embrace your beauty?โ€ฆI think itโ€™s almost a nod of approval, and that was what I wanted. I wanted our idea of beautiful to be accepted.โ€

In the end, if thereโ€™s one lesson we can all take away from this social media kerfuffle itโ€™s that booty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Sir Mix-a-Lot defends Blake Lively’s Instagram post – Entertainment Weekly