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Blake Lively And Ryan Reynolds ‘Deeply’ Sorry For ‘Impossible To Reconcile’ 2012 Plantation Wedding

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are apologizing for what they are calling a “giant f**king mistake.” In 2012 the couple wed on the grounds of Boone Hall, South Carolina, a former plantation.

Plantations, which were built on the back of slave labor, represent a particularly dark period of United States history.  Though they are beautiful, the only reason their original owners accumulated their massive fortunes was because of slavery.

Reynolds told Fast Company in an exclusive interview:

“It’s something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for.”

“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**king 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**k up again. But re-patterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn’t end.”

As a response, Lively and Reynolds have been putting their money where their mouths are.

The couple donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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And Reynolds launched a diversity and inclusion initiative through his production company, Maximum Effort.

Reynolds explained to Fast Company:

“Representation and diversity need to be completely immersive.”

“Like, it needs to be embedded at the root of storytelling, and that’s in both marketing and Hollywood.”

“When you add perspective and insight that isn’t your own, you grow. And you grow your company, too.”

Though plenty of Twitter is blasting the apology for “trying to bankrupt the wedding venue” or “cancel culture,” Reynolds’ initiative in particular has the ability to make a big difference in Hollywood.

Mike Walsh

Written by Mike Walsh

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