Actress Blake Lively Accused of Racism Over Butt Photo

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It’s quickly becoming the booty shot seen ’round the world.

Actress Blake Lively’s decision to quote rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot’s lyrics in a recent Instagram post has resulted in charges of racism.

Lively posted a picture Tuesday posing with her back to the camera during a recent red carpet event at the Cannes Film Festival. The 28-year-old actress captioned the shot: “L.A. face with an Oakland booty,” lyrics from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s rap song “Baby Got Back.”

The post has gone viral on Instagram, with more than half a million shares. And condemnation of the Gossip Girl star’s choice of words came quickly from social media users.

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L.A. face with an Oakland booty

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But there were also some social media users who called accusing Lively of racism was an example of fake outrage.

Lively has been here before.

In November 2014, fledgling news website Gawker accused the actress of racism when she launched her new clothing line, “Allure of Antebellum.”

“You’d think that after 12 Years a Slave won all those Oscars, slaves are over,” wrote Gawker‘s Allie Jones of Lively’s pre-Civil War era-inspired clothing line. “According to a Lively-styled fashion spread on her lifestyle website Preserve, the hottest lifestyle for fall is the lifestyle of owning human beings without government interference.”

Far-left feminist website Jezebel called Lively’s post “problematic,” adding that “in the end, it touts a diametrical opposition: that Los Angeles can be equated to elegance and/or beauty (read: whiteness), and that Oakland is its foil (read: blackness).”

At the time of this post, Lively hasn’t taken down the picture. The actress has also not — as most celebrities tend to do — apologized for the apparently controversial photo.

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