The last thing you want from your engagement photos is for them to go viral—for all the wrong reasons.
An unknown couple's engagement photos went viral when the couple were pictured in a cotton field. What's so weird about that, you may ask?
Well, one half of the couple is Black, and one of the photos shows him picking cotton and holding it up for the camera.
In a cotton field? https://t.co/u5kGNfLSxF— Pat Harrington (@Pat Harrington)1606884472.0
If you're still unaware why this is raising some eyebrows, allow us to look up some history for you:
When Black people were enslaved by the White population of the south, very often they were made to work in the cotton fields on southern plantations.
@bandeauxpat @FattzOFhulihan It’s this part for me. https://t.co/4obEyXOS70— mediocreBlackGirl (@mediocreBlackGirl)1606927202.0
@bandeauxpat Oh no, not there of all places https://t.co/YrpKwXVBy1— The Black Gintoki (@The Black Gintoki)1606928439.0
@bandeauxpat It’s really this photo for me. Him holding the cotton. Her holding his neck. Oh my. https://t.co/MsJfWpLHbp— Jade Jackson (@Jade Jackson)1606948393.0
@bandeauxpat He letting her choke him in a cotton field?? https://t.co/SqSYoV8HHh— ♏🦂 (@♏🦂)1606930958.0
@bandeauxpat It’s the picking cotton/ choking combo for me I have a feeling they’ve already paid the deposit for… https://t.co/BddsMfukCJ— QONDI 💛 🐝 🇺🇸🇿🇦🇿🇼 (@QONDI 💛 🐝 🇺🇸🇿🇦🇿🇼)1606935843.0
The picture also features her hand around his throat. Whether or not that gesture was intentional is unclear, but either way it is proving quite uncomfortable for many people.
@bandeauxpat “WhAt wAs tHe reAsOn !?!?!” *Cardi B voice* https://t.co/nlMuYejBEw— 🖖🏾 (@🖖🏾)1606938697.0
@bandeauxpat Oh man 😪. Such disconnect. Him: Ayyyeee 🙌🏽, just did a dope photoshoot with her. Friends: We saw the… https://t.co/BhDz7Owyov— Jean Corrielis (@Jean Corrielis)1606937898.0
@bandeauxpat https://t.co/f7k04zTlq6— No Context Dr.Umar (@No Context Dr.Umar)1606930928.0
@bandeauxpat His black card has been revoked as of today by The Black Delegation https://t.co/PX8CLEZf2a— R𝚡 Sau𝚡 💰🐺 (@R𝚡 Sau𝚡 💰🐺)1606932473.0
@bandeauxpat I pray that this man recovers from his snow bunny crisis 🤦🏽♂️ https://t.co/d5FmpGkXXe— Im aware that im ugly (@Im aware that im ugly)1606966395.0
Nobody is really clear where these photos came from in the first place, but this couple is being read to shreds across the internet.
Imagine the convo. "Hey baby wouldn't it be cute if we took pics in a cotton field" and it could be either of them… https://t.co/AMbcTRGQYy— EGGNOGCOOCHIECAKE🎅 (@EGGNOGCOOCHIECAKE🎅)1606934824.0
Boy what in the hell is going on here?!?! is that a cotton field?!? https://t.co/t3qJf4BsKS— BLACK WOMEN STAN ACCOUNT (@BLACK WOMEN STAN ACCOUNT)1606950911.0
Who convinced that brother to go to a cotton field for a photoshoot?— Thomas 🇱🇨 (@Thomas 🇱🇨)1606968384.0
Not him actually picking the cotton!!!!!! https://t.co/w8VHhhRHbO— Fiona Applebum says block Shaun King! (@Fiona Applebum says block Shaun King!)1606930221.0
@michaelharriot Long sigh........ I’m really hoping this is his cotton field and he is celebrating a good season. T… https://t.co/ehR06s1mUG— Maggie Tired of This Shit (@Maggie Tired of This Shit)1606932295.0
Hopefully they had a good reason for this choice. And they are in a happy, healthy relationship.