When Blake Lively quoted Sir Mix-a-Lot in an Instagram caption, baby got backlash. But now the sir has become her knight in shining armor, defending Lively's use of the lyric. He likes her butt and he cannot lie.
Lively had posted a picture of herself looking gorgeous (ew), captioning it with: "L.A. face with an Oakland booty." People on Twitter considered the use of the lyric and all its implications culture appropriation, reducing the bodies of women of color to a punch line.
Rapper and butt authority Sir Mix-a-Lot said that he didn't really see anything wrong with the caption, adding that his 1992 hit wasn't about race, but about general standards of beauty.
"That song was written with African-American women in mind, but trust me, there are white women with those curves everywhere, and they were once considered fat," he told The Hollywood Reporter, "And that's what the song was about. It wasn't about some race battle."
Mix-a-Lot went on to explain the lyric and how, in his opinion, it does apply to Lively:
What I meant by "L.A." was Hollywood. In other words, makeup or whatever it took to make that face look good, they do it in L.A. But, as much as you can throw makeup on something, you can't make up the butt. That's what L.A. face and Oakland booty meant. You can put makeup on that face and make it look beautiful, but a butt is a butt, a body is a body.
Fast-forward to Blake Lively. For her to look at her butt and that little waist and to say "L.A. face with an Oakland booty," doesn't that mean that the norm has changed, that the beautiful people have accepted our idea of beautiful? That's the way I took it.
Read his full, comprehensive defense over at The Hollywood Reporter.