In 2012, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married at Boone Hall, a former plantation in South Carolina. Now, Ryan is speaking out after years of backlash against the couple to host a celebration at a site where slaves worked and died.
“It’s something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for,” Ryan told Fast Company. “It’s impossible to reconcile. What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy. Years ago we got married again at home—but shame works in weird ways. A giant f*cking mistake like that can either cause you to shut down or it can reframe things and move you into action. It doesn’t mean you won’t f*ck up again. But repatterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn’t end.”
Blake and Ryan recently joined the fight against racial injustice after George Floyd’s murder by donating $200,000.
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