This rant is for the social justice warriors, progressives, and professional students who hope to one day become human rights commissioners; just because someone makes a race-based observation or a race-based joke, it doesn’t mean that person is racist.
The latest celebrity receiving an online flogging courtesy of the usual village idiots is actress Blake Lively who is being crucified for a “racially insensitive” Instagram post.
Did she say she supports the KKK? That apartheid had its good points? That Hitler wasn’t really such a bad guy? Well, no.
Expecting a second child, wearing a gold-sequined gown at the Cannes Film Festival, she shared a photo of herself in that gown drawing attention to the fact that her rear end is getting bigger due to her pregnancy, captioned: “L.A. face and Oakland booty.”
Cue the outrage! Oakland booty? Is that code for a black booty? Are you saying that black women have big arses? How dare a Caucasian woman use her white privilege to appropriate something associated with African-American culture ...or body types ... or something.
The Urban Dictionary defines “Oakland booty” as “a booty that is large, round, A.K.A. bootylicious.”, no mention of race but Blake’s caboose is definitely an Oakland booty.
In this age of Kim Khardashian breaking the Internet with her chunk-in-the-trunk photos, a big derriere is aspirational for many women with arse-challenged women flocking to plastic surgeons to get butt implants so they too can sport an Oakland booty.
We’ve achieved peak racial outrage. Even if one makes a positive observation about members of a given race, it’s considered racist. Recall similar outrage over a Chris Rock joke at the Academy Awards a few months ago when certain Asian celebrities had a fit, prompting the Academy to issue a grovelling apology.
It’s now verboten to offer praise to specific groups. How perverse. How inexplicable. But then again, for having the temerity to laugh out loud at the race-based observations of Chris Rock and Blake Lively, I guess that makes me a racist too.