Bad joke! Blake Lively took to social media on Tuesday, May 17, to post a front-and-back photo montage that she captioned “L.A. face with an Oakland booty.” Not surprisingly, the Café Society star’s misguided comment has enraged Instagram.
The pregnant-again actress, 28, shared a side-by-side snapshot of herself posing on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in a stunning golden gown by Atelier Versace. In one pic, her tiny baby bump is on display, and in the other, she flaunts her round backside.
While some fans found the humor in Lively quoting lyrics from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 curvy-girl anthem “Baby Got Back,” many Instagram users interpreted her use of words as racially insensitive and voiced their disappointment.
“Unbelievably problematic,” one wrote of Lively’s offensive remark, “using women of color’s bodies as a joke. I guess you just want people to know you’re racist and you don’t give a s–t.”
“No ma’am! Take the booty pads off. Look white gurls you already the standard of beauty let us black chicks have something,” another fired back.
“As if getting married on a slave plantation wasn’t reason enough to hate her,” one upset follower noted, reminding the Gossip Girl alum of her 2012 wedding to husband Ryan Reynolds. The ceremony took place at South Carolina’s Boone Hall Plantation, an operation that once took advantage of slave labor pre–Civil War.
Lively — who is expecting her second child with Reynolds, 39, later this year — has yet to respond to the criticism.
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