Blake Lively irritates me.
She’s an over-privileged, self-focused child who’s been told one too many times she’s pretty.
In other words, she’s a run-of-the-mill Hollywood actress. Which makes me so not impressed.
Yet I’m even less impressed with the get-offended-by-everything crowd crying “Racist!” over her May 17 Instagram post.
One would think they’d get tired of shouting the word. That they’d figure out how it loses its power every time they raise they raise the alarm without good cause.
But nope. Apparently not.
In the disputed social media display, Blake Lively showed a double-feature picture of herself. One side displayed her wearing a curve-hugging, somewhat see-through golden gown, while the other side shows her from the back.
The dress looks inexcusably inexpensive. Though that’s not what people are freaking out about. Because calling out celebrities for their pointlessly extravagant lifestyles would make too much sense.
What they’re mad at is the caption Lively added: “L.A. face with an Oakland booty,” which is a line from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 hit, “Baby Got Back.”
Now, rapped by a black man, “Baby Got Back” is an ode to black women with booties. But guess what? Black men don’t exactly object to well-rounded backsides on white girls either.
And no, that’s not racist to say, even if I am a white girl.
It’s also not racist for a white girl to compare her derriere to that of a black woman. If anything, it’s a compliment. It’s saying that the stereotypical black female body is desirable.
Not everything is offensive, people!
If you want to get offended by something, how about how an influential actress promoting vapid narcissism by posting pictures to social media saying, “Oh my word, look how hot I am!”
That’s a worthwhile angle to criticize Blake Lively about.
The racist position though?
Before people go there – again – they should do themselves a favor and Google “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”