One couple has sparked outrage over their racist, tone-deaf photos that mock the poverty and violence that Black people experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Facebook user Cecilia Christin called out photographer John Milton and his wife for having posted insensitive staged images. “What in the fresh yt hell is this mayo encrusted bulls**t? There are literally too many things wrong, here…the audacity of the caucasity,” Christin said in a post.
The images, taken last year, showed the newlyweds using the Congo as a prop in their photos. One image featured the pair being held at gunpoint on top of a volcano. Another image showed the bride on a makeshift wood bicycle surrounded by Black children in a poverty-stricken village, with the caption, “Just cruising’ thru the ghetto in Congo in a wedding dress.”
Social media users have slammed the photos as examples of “misery tourism.”
“Brought to you by the same folks who will marry on a plantation. I’m not shocked when white people so blatantly disrespect people of color, but I am shocked when others are,” another Facebook user said.
Here are a few reactions from Twitter users on the controversial photos.