We need to talk about Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold’s wedding location. Chances are, you like the couple and that is why you clicked on this article. But as much as you like them, we truly need to discuss their choice of location.
Tied the Knot in 2012
Back in 2012, Blake and Ryan tied the knot just a few miles from Charleston, South Carolina at a venue where The Notebook was filmed. It sounds like it was probably cute…until you find out that the wedding took place at the Boone Hall Plantation. Yes, you heard that right, a plantation, as in a place where African Americans were forced into slavery. I’ll let you think about that for a minute.
Removing the photos from certain websites
Now, E! and Buzzfeed News are reporting that The Knot Worldwide and Pinterest are rightfully removing pictures of Blake and Ryan’s wedding from their websites because come on—using former slave plantations as wedding inspiration is sorta scary.
The decision to remove all plantation venue pictures from these platforms comes after a civil rights advocacy group called Color of Change wrote heartfelt letters to The Knot Worldwide and Pinterest explaining why glamorizing plantations sites is insulting to black people.
“Plantations are physical reminders of one of the most horrific human rights abuses the world has ever seen,” the letter said, according to Buzzfeed News. “The decision to glorify plantations as nostalgic sites of celebration is not an empowering one for the Black women and justice-minded people who use your site. The wedding industry routinely denies the violent conditions Black people faced under chattel slavery by promoting plantations as romantic places to marry.”
Following the controversy, The Knot Worldwide will now ban “language that glorifies, celebrates, or romanticizes Southern plantation history.” Pinterest has gone a step further by already removing plantation weddings from their site, while also stopping plantation wedding Google searches that direct to Pinterest.
“Weddings should be a symbol of love and unity,” a Pinterest spokesperson said. “Plantations represent none of those things. We are working to limit the distribution of this content and accounts across our platform, and continue to not accept advertisements for them.”