Sir Mix-a-Lot’s got Blake Lively’s back.
A few days after the actress created an Internet firestorm for referencing the rapper’s lyrics to “Baby Got Back” in an Instagram post, the 52-year-old said he felt that Lively was recognizing the evolving standards of beauty.
“For her to look at her butt and that little waist and to say, ‘L.A. face with an Oakland booty,’ doesn’t mean that the norm has changed, that the beautiful people have accepted our idea of beautiful? That’s the way I took it,” Sir Mix-a-Lot shared with Pret-a-Reporter.
While online critics were quick to slam Lively, 28, for quoting the lyrics in a racially insensitive manner, the musician doesn’t see it that way.
“Now let me do this, as far as the critics are concerned: I don’t want to come off like, ‘Oh, he’s an Uncle Tom,’ because I’m not,” Sir Mix-a-Lot explained. “If what Blake Lively meant by that comment was, ‘Oh my goodness, I’ve gained weight, I look horrible,’ if that’s what she meant — and I doubt that she did — then I’m with the critics.
Sir Mix-a-Lot also noted that this incident opens the door for a much larger conversation.