'Bottoms Up': New documentary explores cultural obsession with big butts
In 1992, Sir Mix-A-Lot said it loud and proud: “I like big butts and I cannot lie.”
Ever since, brothers around the world have not been able to deny this claim.
But while the Grammy-winning rapper can not nearly be credited for bringing all the attention to big butts, his blatantly sexual song did sensationalize this body feature.
In doing so, it influenced pop culture in a way that rapidly plastered photos of women and their behinds in media, music videos and magazines. Nicki Minaj’s latest song “Anacoda,” is the latest in a countless list of examples.
Over the years, images of these women have increasingly surfaced and are now inescapable. Celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Nicki Minaj have flaunted their assets and have been hailed — by both men and women — for their curvy figures and plump posteriors.
But who is to blame for this cultural obsession? At what costs are some women achieving this look? And how did big butts go from being a cult fetish to a mainstream phenomenon?
These are just some of the questions directors Chris Alvarez and Kurt Williamson explore in their documentary titled Bottoms Up — an intriguing new film that discusses men’s stifling fascination with big behinds and women’s growing obsession in obtaining them.
Created with a comedic undertone, Bottoms Up features interviews from media personalities, plastic surgeons, models, men and more to get their perspective on big behinds from every angle.
Alvarez and Williamson teamed up with Moguldom Entertainment to release a film that examines a relevant trend and is executed in a way that hopes to spark discussion.
The film takes viewers on a journey, starting where the infatuation all began and following the growth and popularity it has picked up over the years. The cameras even go into a surgery room to document one woman’s mission to undergo aesthetic surgery in an effort to achieve a more curvaceous behind.
“The purpose of our films is to spark debate. Here at Moguldom, we accept the challenge of initiating spirited and provocative discussion,” says Brett Dismuke, President of Moguldom Entertainment.
“Bottoms Up is another example of presenting an issue so relevant in today’s culture that examining it was the natural thing for us to do.”
Watch their interview with theGrio’s Lilly Workneh above and tell us your thoughts below.
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