These pictures are from a colonial themed wedding with (exclusively?) white wedding guests yukking it up while an entirely black staff waits anxiously upon their every whim and desire in South Africa. What a fabulous idea! I think I’d like to have a plantation wedding in Georgia with pro-Confederacy theme, of course all the servants will be black and dressed in slave garb. Next, we’ll take the train to the West Coast of the USA and the theme changes! Now it’s the Gold Rush and we’re waited on by Asians dressed as laborers and Mexicans because authenticity is super important to us. Maybe we’ll even force the waitstaff of Asian descent to smoke some opium; the Opium Wars were so fun and elegant! Next, we all set off in covered wagons and shoot arrows at real-live Native Americans. Maybe we’ll ask them to reenact the Trail of Tears and top it off by stealing their land. Just for shits and giggles. I wish I lived in Africa so that I could have a Hotel Rwanda theme wedding.
This isn’t racism, people, nor is it a celebration of colonialism/imperialism. No, no, no, no, no! Shame on you for even suggesting such a thing! It’s just a theme wedding. It’s just part of history. You people are so fucking sensitive. This is clearly a case of political correctness gone awry. Oppression is awesome if you’re a member of the ruling class. Why not celebrate the abuse of power? We’ve registered for impoverished children from developing countries. It’s so important to purchase children when they’re young so you can train them properly.
Check out the photographer’s FB page. They think this is all much ado about nothing. But, then again, I heard a lot of people defend apartheid because outsiders “just didn’t understand” and “those people need to be controlled.”
The photographer’s blog post, welovepictures dot blogspot dot com (I want to make sure I give them credit for their work), has been taken down (GEE I WONDER WHY?) but it was originally posted with this text:
It’s not often that we meet clients and get as excited about a wedding as we did almost 4 months in advance. When we met Dave and Chantal in January to discuss their ‘Out of Africa’ themed wedding, we couldn’t hide our excitement and Travis was practically bouncing off the walls with ideas and inspiration. We love themed weddings, especially beautiful themes like ‘Colonial Africa’ which promise great pictures and a nostalgic and thoughtfully decorated wedding.
You know what else was beautiful and inspiring about colonialism? The way women were viewed as children and/or property. Hey, members of marginalized groups, how about we stop slinging mud at each other and start working to create a more equitable world for everyone?
The poll found at this link asks: It is racist?
This sums up my reaction. The commentary on this = amazing.