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Blake Lively's 'Oakland booty' post riles social media

Blake Lively's channelling of Sir Mix-A-Lot for an Instagram caption is causing a stir on social media.

Lyric in question carries racial connotation

Blake Lively has been sharing updates from the Cannes Film Festival via social media, but one Instagram post in particular has sparked a storm of controversy. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Blake Lively's channelling of Sir Mix-A-Lot for an Instagram caption is causing a stir on social media.

Her film Café Society made its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last week. 

Afterward, Lively posted side-by-side front and back shots of herself on the red carpet in Cannes with the caption, "L.A. face with an Oakland booty," a line from rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot's 1992 hit, Baby Got Back.

The lyric in question carries a racial connotation about American standards of beauty, making reference to Oakland — a traditionally black enclave of California — compared to Los Angeles, considered traditionally white. 

The post has received more than 600,000 likes, but is also generating a flurry of comments.

Some say the actress' post is racially insensitive, while others have defended the former Gossip Girl star and questioned the whole kerfuffle.

It's not the first time Lively has sparked controversy of this sort.

She also raised eyebrows at Cannes when she told reporters that she felt Café Society director Woody Allen is "empowering to women."

Previously, she drew criticism for hosting her wedding on a plantation with its original slave cabins intact and for a romanticized depiction of the Antebellum South for a fashion spread and essay in her now-defunct lifestyle website Preserve.

People magazine reported last month that the 28-year-old Lively is expecting her second child with husband, Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds. An email sent to her representatives was not immediately returned.

With files from CBC News

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