Saturday, May 21, 2016

Baby Got Back-Slapped: How Blake Lively Managed to Turn Tongue In Cheek into a Sh!tStorm

Oh here we go again. Another day, another starlet manages to cross the line in a way I'm certain she didn't even intend to. 

For those who missed it, Blake Lively recently posted a side by side photo of herself on a recent red carpet. The caption: LA face with an Oakland booty. 

Yikes. Of course, the Twittervwrse erupted on the naive starlet.

At the same time, while she only might have meant it in a tongue in cheek way, she still managed to look like an ass.

In her defense, the lyric does in fact appear in Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back song, a complete cultural classic. And he did come to her defense, saying "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?”

Not quite, Mix. It seems that the only thing that has changed is that white people have taken, err, appropriated, err, "made it popular" within their own culture. 

We have had plenty of examples of that and just this week's BuzzFeed post. And this is yet another example of that same mentality.  
It's basically making black culture beautiful, sans black people, which, to his point, was the entire point of Sir Mix-A-Lot's song in the first place. So, no, they haven't accepted our beautiful, Mix, they've stolen it. 

I know it's supposed to be a funny moment remarking how her backside looked on a recent red carpet. But is it also funny that it was a slap in the face of sorts, reminding plenty of people about the gentrification of San Fransisco? 

J.E. Reich of Jezebel was quoted in HuffPost, saying "In the end, it touts a diametrical opposition: that Los Angeles can be equated to elegance and/or beauty (read: whiteness), and that Oakland is its foil (read: blackness). "

I'm sure she didn't mean for all of this back lash over a light and trite Instagram post. But these are the times we live in. We must always be aware of what's going on, popular culture. You know, just like how it's pretty much forced on black culture and other ethnic cultures to know certain white culture.

Unfortunately, to me, this is just another reminder of the tactlessness of popular culture to black culture and yet another example of how popular culture loves black culture minus black people.