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Blake Lively surprised by 'Oakland booty' backlash on social media

Blake Lively says she was surprised by the backlash after she channelled Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back for an Instagram photo caption last month.

'Only meant love and celebration for the feminine body'

During press interviews for her new film The Shallows, Blake Lively says she was surprised by the backlash after she channelled Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back for an Instagram photo caption last month. (Vince Vali/Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures)

Blake Lively says she was surprised by the backlash after she channelled Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back for an Instagram caption last month.

Lively posted side-by-side front and back shots of herself on a red carpet with the caption, "L.A. face with an Oakland booty," a line from the 1992 hit song celebrating African-American women's derrieres. Some commenters called the actress' post racially insensitive.

Some say Lively was racially insensitive when she shared this Instagram post with the line 'L.A. face with an Oakland booty' in May of this year. It's a lyric from the Sir-Mix-A-Lot 1992 song Baby Got Back. (Instagram/Blake Lively)

The 28-year-old tells The Associated Press she didn't intend to offend anyone and "only meant love and respect and celebration for my body and the feminine body and quoting a song that people had a lot of fun with for a long time."

Sir Mix-A-Lot told The Hollywood Reporter last month that he too was surprised by the criticism and that he liked the post. He noted that others celebrities such as Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian hadn't incited such outrage when they made similar social media references to his hit song.

When he wrote Baby Got Back more than two decades ago, the musician says that he never intended the song "as a battle between the races."

He added: "I wrote the song because I wanted Cosmopolitan, I wanted all these big magazines to kind of open up a little bit and say, 'Wait a minute, this may not be the only beautiful.'"

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