Blake Lively Defends Her Controversial ‘Oakland Booty’ Comment: ‘I Was Celebrating My Body’

She’s not taking it back! Blake Lively defended her controversial “Oakland booty” comment during a Tuesday, June 21, interview with Sway in the Morning. Hear what she said in the video above!

“It’s something I was proud of,” the Shallows actress, 28, told radio host Sway Calloway about her curves. “I never meant to offend anyone.”

“I was celebrating my body. … It’s nice to have a nice curve and not look like you’re starving to death,” added the pregnant star, who is expecting her second child with husband Ryan Reynolds.

As previously reported, Lively sparked social media outrage on May 17 after she Instagrammed a front-and-back photo montage of herself in a body-hugging Atelier Versace gown at the Cannes Film Festival, and captioned the post: “L.A. face with an Oakland booty.” The quote is a line from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 hit “Baby Got Back.”

L.A. face with an Oakland booty

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In the first pic, the Gossip Girl alum is seen flaunting her tiny baby bump, and in the second, she is showing off her plump backside.

While Lively’s use of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s lyrics were widely interpreted as racially insensitive, the 52-year-old rapper applauded the blonde beauty for celebrating her shapely behind.

“I don’t think she’d wear that dress if she thought that booty is horrible — and to me, it ain’t horrible,” the entertainer told the New York Daily News on May 19. “I don’t get it at all. She’s saying she’s proud of her butt. I’m glad she embraced the look, because that’s what I wanted [with the song].”

He continued, “All I would say to the critics is let’s better understand the context of what she said. If [what she’s] saying is ‘I have this butt that Mix-a-Lot was talking about in ‘Baby Got Back,’ that’s a good thing. She’s saying, ‘I’ve embraced this ideal of beautiful.’ However, if what she’s saying is ‘I cannot believe I got this fat, this is horrible,’ then I agree with the critics.”

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Lively caught wind of the hip-hop star’s words of support, which she acknowledged in her chat with Calloway, 45.

“But Sir Mix-a-Lot, he actually said a very nice thing. He was very defensive and kind,” she explained on Tuesday. “Because it’s just about celebrating women’s bodies, and that’s what I was doing.”

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