After Blake Lively faced backlash for posting an Instagram photo with lyrics from “Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix-a-Lot is defending her.
“I don’t think she’d wear that dress if she thought that booty is horrible — and to me, it ain’t horrible,” Sir Mix-a-Lot said to the Daily News. “I don’t get it at all,” he continued. “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).”
“All I would say to the critics is let’s better understand the context of what she said. If what’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.”
Of course, the majority of criticism towards Lively’s post was rooted in the context of her being a white woman, whom the song is decidedly not about. In 2014, Sir Mix-a-Lot told the Huffington Post Entertainment podcast that he wrote “Baby Got Back” because,“The black, female body was not accepted as the norm anywhere. For years, all you saw on television was overweight black maids or black women who would assimilate to white culture, as far as the look is concerned. I wanted to do something that was tongue-in-cheek but, at the same time, making a real point.”