What would a film festival be without a little scandal? Blake Lively, who has been in Cannes for the week promoting her Woody Allen film “Café Society” and screening her upcoming thriller “The Shallows,” has landed herself in some hot water over what several are perceiving as a racially charged Instagram caption.
Lively, who is expecting her second child with husband Ryan Reynolds, posted a side-by-side split photo of herself on the red carpet from front and behind, writing “L.A. face with an Oakland booty.” The line is a lyric from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 hit “Baby Got Back,” and the actress, wearing an Atelier Versace gown in the picture, seems to be attempting to comment on her pregnancy body. But many users found the comment racist and out of touch.
“Unbelievably problematic, using women of color’s bodies as a joke,” wrote one commenter. “I guess you just want people to know you’re racist and you don’t give a s–t.”
“How does she know about Oakland?” added another.
Another user commented,”As if getting married on a slave plantation wasn’t reason enough to hate her,” referencing Lively’s 2012 wedding to Reynolds at South Carolina’s Boone Hall Plantation, which has original slave cabins on site.
More recent comments are of users jumping to Lively’s defense. “‘Man, that Sir Mix-A-Lot sure was a racist’…said no one [ever],” wrote one. “Keep on keepin’ on @blakelively!!! You’re beautiful!”
Lively has yet to address the situation but has continued to share snaps from Cannes.