Ryan Reynolds said he and his wife Blake Lively were “deeply and unreservedly sorry” for the plantation wedding they had in 2012. In an interview with Fast Company published on Tuesday, the actor opened up to their families at Boone Hall in South Carolina, a former plantation they found on Pinterest.
While the location of the wedding received some disapproval in 2012, this criticism was renewed in 2018 when Reynolds tweeted about the Black Panther. The actor praised the film about the superhero with a largely Black cast, but many commentators accused him of hypocrisy, pointing to his wedding in a place of slavery.
“This is something we will always deeply and unreservedly regret,”
“Years ago, we remarried at home – but shame works in strange ways,” he continued. “A giant mistake like this can make you switch off, or it can readjust things and get you moving. That doesn’t mean you won’t come back again. But repatriation and lifelong challenge social training is a job that never ends. “
Last year, both Pinterest and the wedding website The Knot promised to stop advertising wedding plantations, according to The New York Times.
Last year, Reynolds and Lively donated $ 1 million to both the NAACP Legal Protection Fund and the Young Center for the Rights of Immigrant Children – but that’s a topic he’s reluctant to talk about, according to Fast Company, in part because he feels that white celebrities can often drown out white voices.
After the death of George Floyd in May, who reigned throughout the country, Reynolds and Lively spoke on the topic of the competition.
The couple announced on their social media accounts that they had donated another $ 200,000 to the NAACP Legal Protection Fund, writing that they were “ashamed” that they had allowed themselves to be “uniformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is.”
“We teach our children differently from the way our parents taught us,” the publication said. “We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our children about everything, about all this … especially about our complicity.”has three children together.
Reynolds also told Fast Company that his advertising agency Maximum Effort is focused on hiring diversity. “Representation and diversity must be completely immersive,” Reynolds said. “Like, it has to be built into the foundation of storytelling, and that’s in both marketing and Hollywood. When you add perspective and insight that aren’t your own, you grow. And you grow your company.”