Blake Lively's 'LA Face, Oakland Booty' Joke Has Us Shaking Our Heads

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By: Cavan Sieczkowski

Blake Lively's latest Instagram post from Cannes has a whole lot of people upset.

The 28-year-old actress, who is currently in France promoting "Café Society" with Woody Allen, among other projects, took to Instagram Tuesday to share a split photo from the red carpet. One half shows Lively in a gold gown from the front and the other half shows her from behind.

"L.A. face with an Oakland booty," she captioned the photo.

L.A. face with an Oakland booty

A photo posted by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on

The line, from Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," did not sit well with many, who pointed out the issues with such a caption coming from a wealthy and famous white woman.

Jezebel writer J.E. Reich summarized the root of the problem: "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)."

Alas, Lively isn't the first white celebrity to use a line meant to celebrate black women's bodies.

LA face with an Oakland booty 😝😝

A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on

Let's all do better.


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