It’s hard to ignore society’s obsession with “big butts.” Everywhere you go—the radio, social media and magazine covers—the exalted big butt receives high praise and women all over are sprinting to surgeons and personal trainers to get one.

Unfortunately, for some women, taking extreme measures to match society’s new body ideal ends tragically. Reports confirmed a Maryland woman, Kelly Mayhew, 34, died in a Queens, New York basement after receiving illegal butt enhancement injections. Mayhew, who worked at BET Networks, saw an underground woman with her mother, and later became unconscious while laying on a gurney after unknown substances were injected into her buttocks.

Screenwriter and beauty expert Kimberly Nicole Walker observed the phenomenon and tackled the obsession head on in new online docu-series “Faux Show.”

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“After living in Atlanta for eight years, I saw my fair share of dimpled, destroyed booties,” Walker exclusively tells JAWBREAKER.

“I witnessed women strolling through grocery store aisles with butts that looked like something from outer space. I created this documentary in an attempt to explore why Black women internalize objectification, and then use those twisted ideas to hurt themselves for a few extra gazes.”

Walker shares she’s over the myth Black womanhood equals ass.

“I have also become seriously annoyed with the idea that having a big ass should be synonymous with Black womanhood. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Black women’s bodies and I love our curves, but to reduce a woman’s cultural worth down to the amount of fat residing in her backside is just damn ridiculous. Thus, the premise of the documentary.”

The doc’s first episode “The Burden of the Beloved Butt,” released on YouTube today, opens with a men’s perspective featuring Spelman professor Ed Garnes, and actor/freelance butt critic Jason Kelly.

“We’re living in a “post-J.Lo” society,” Kelly muses. Remember in the early days of Jennifer Lopez’s career, her body type was embraced by the hip hop community and rejected by mainstream media—likely due to the fact Black women had big butts since Eve, yes Eve!?

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Garnes shares an insightful take on the media industry. “When you’re looking at a media that has white male gatekeepers, it makes sense that the “big butt” has risen to prominence.”

“There are limited visions of Black people period. So when you look at the Black woman who’s often being overly sexualized, being objectified throughout our culture, you see her being reduced to a butt, that’s strategic. Black women aren’t allowed to have sense. They’re not allowed to have a mind. They’re not allowed to have independence. And don’t let them be able to read and talk good— it reduces them. I think it’s sexist and we have to demand more images of Black women that are more diverse than just a butt.”

Garnes says plainly, “To reduce a woman to a butt, to me is like the ultimate disrespect.”

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Interestingly, Kelly says having a big butt shouldn’t be limited to Black women as evidenced by Kim Kardashian.

“It’s one of those things where a stereotype gets assigned to a people, and then the people may perpetuate the stereotype. I’m a Black man. We have our own set of stereotypes that we’re supposed to adhere to and subscribe to. I don’t know too many Black women who are upset about being objectified by a butt, unless they’re lacking and then they may be upset. But those who have it [big butt] definitely aren’t picking articles of clothing to hide their butts.”

Walker, says she has an “average butt” that’s “just there.” It doesn’t clap or do tricks,” she says. “It’s hanging out on the couch watching TV.”

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Performing on her very own undercover, anthropological research, Walker secretly wore infamously uncomfortable butt pads on a date.

“The pads were cutting into my skin and ridiculously tight! I don’t know how women wear those things! It was torture,” Walker shares.

“I also didn’t like the fakeness of the butt. I knew I was wearing them, so I was ultra self-conscious.’ Who else would know?! Does that stranger over there know?!’”

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And on how her date reacted to her padded cakes.

“It was weird thinking that someone might think I was wearing something fake. My date thought it was real but revealed, “It looked like your panties were too tight,’ so I suppose it wasn’t too real!”

Walker’s tells us her dating life isn’t significantly affected by being a Black woman lacking in the backside.

“Luckily, I’ve only dated men who wholly accepted me. That’s kind of my thing, either you adore me or I can’t deal with you.”

Walker hopes the “Faux Show” series opens up a conversation around the objectification of Black women’s bodies and how today’s extreme beauty standards compromises young women’s self-esteem.

Now that’s something we can get behind. (Pun intended).

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is a NYC journalist who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.

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