The Real Reason Pinterest Banned Ryan Reynolds And Blake Lively’s Wedding Pics

Blake Lively recently deleted almost all of
her Instagram posts. While that was just a temporary measure meant
as a promotional stunt for her upcoming film, The Rhythm Section, Pinterest recently banned
photos of Blake Lively’s wedding to Ryan Reynolds from their site for a much different reason. Several sites are cracking down on pictures
taken on plantations, and Pinterest is one of them. According to E! News, Lively and Reynolds
were married in 2012 on Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston. Boone Hall was once a plantation where African
American slaves were forced to harvest pecans and peaches as well as produce bricks. The plantation was later turned into an events
site, but the horrifying history of slavery on plantations has not been forgotten. Photos of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s
plantation wedding have never been released publicly, and their privacy was lauded at
the time. “It just goes to show that if you really do
care about protecting your personal life and taking that route, it can be done.” However, if any ever do leak, or are officially
released by the couple, they won’t be on Pinterest or several other sites. A spokesperson for Pinterest told BuzzFeed
News that the company is restricting plantation wedding content and that they are also de-indexing
Google searches for plantation weddings on the site. Users are still able to search for such content,
but will see an advisory that the content might violate the website’s policies. A spokesperson said, “Weddings should be a symbol of love and unity. 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.” Civil rights advocacy group Color of Change
has been pressuring companies to stop promoting plantations. In a letter to wedding site The Knot and Pinterest,
the group wrote, “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. Plantations are physical reminders of one
of the most horrific human rights abuses the world has ever seen. The wedding industry routinely denies the
violent conditions Black people faced under chattel slavery by promoting plantations as
romantic places to marry.” According to its chief marketing officer,
The Knot is working with Color of Change to alter their guidelines. Going forward, wedding vendors on websites
owned by The Knot will not be able to use language that celebrates or romanticizes plantations
and their history in any way. While vendors will still be able to list plantations
as wedding venues, they won’t be able to glorify them using words such as “elegant” or “charming.” These language guidelines apply to all wedding
venues with a past history of slavery, not just those specifically billed as plantations. Zola and DotDash have also cracked down on
plantation weddings after being contacted by Color of Change. Arisha Hatch, the VP of Color of Change, said
that the campaign is meant to expose the disrespectful nature of plantation weddings, telling BuzzFeed
News, “If we were talking about concentration camps,
it would be weird and disrespectful and egregious for folks to be seeking to have their weddings
at these locations. We’re trying to elevate public awareness around
the ways in which corporations can enable such disrespectful behavior.” Hatch said that Color of Change is targeting
wedding platforms rather than plantations, as the platforms don’t directly profit from
plantation weddings and are therefore more likely to hear the organization’s concerns. She told the outlet, “We understand that these wedding platforms
have less of a stake in continuing to promote these sites, versus the plantations themselves. While it won’t end the practice entirely,
[this campaign] will hopefully begin to shift how the broader public thinks about this sort
of celebration.” Although the crackdown on plantation weddings
is fairly recent, the backlash towards such ceremonies isn’t new. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have come under
before for their plantation wedding. In 2012, Grantland wrote about the couples’,
quote, “creepazoid” wedding, slamming Boone Hall for bragging on their website about some
of the location’s features which include “original slave cabins” and a road named “Slave Street.” In spite of the backlash, Reynolds and Lively
have continued to remain silent about their controversial plantation wedding. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Nicki Swift videos about your
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