Video: Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back'; and Helen Gurley Brown
For your viewing pleasure, a video of spliced movies set to Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back."
Sir Mix-A-Lot is a homegrown talent, whose rap single "Baby Got Back" hit No. 1 on the charts in the '90s. The song lauded the big, round booty. It was more than comic farce, but it was also a celebration of African American women's bodies in a world where beauty was defined by white women with little junk in their trunk. (This was before J. Lo became a superstar.)
Here's are some of the lyrics:
Cosmo ain't got nothin'
To do with my selection
Ha ha, only if she's 5'3"
Helen Gurley Brown, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, died at the age of 90 on Monday. She also wrote the book "Sex and the Single Girl." It's true that Cosmo's portrayals of beauty lacked diversity, not just in race, but in failing to portray women of all body shapes. Still, Brown was a pioneer in calling on women to own their sexuality. Sir Mix-A-Lot did the same. (He is still alive, and now a tech entrepreneur.)
Check out this video, made by Youtube user dondrayersayswhat, making the rounds on social media. It features 295 movies — Gregory Peck, Vince Vaughn, Fred Flinstone and more — spliced together as a remix of "Baby Got Back." Watch to the end to catch the clip from "Terminator."
Achenblog by Joel Achenbach
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