Pinterest and The Knot Take a Stand Against Plantation WeddingsBreaking News
tags: slavery, plantations, weddings
The popular wedding-planning sites Pinterest and The Knot announced they are no longer promoting content for "plantation"-style weddings.
"Weddings should be a symbol of love and unity. Plantations represent none of those things," a Pinterest spokesperson told ABC News in a statement Wednesday.
"We are grateful to Color of Change for bringing attention to this disrespectful practice," the statement added, referencing a California-based racial justice advocacy organization.
The company said it's "working to limit the distribution of this content and accounts across our platform, and continue to not accept advertisements for them."
Celebrities including Blake Lively have tied the knot at "plantation" venues, which are popular in the South. The wedding trend has been widely slammed for romanticizing the horrific history of slavery in the U.S.
"The wedding industry, in the past couple of decades, has made millions of dollars in profit by promoting plantations as romantic places to marry," Jade Magnus Ogunnaike, interim senior campaign director at Color of Change, told ABC News' "Start Here" podcast. "Unfortunately, this denies the actual reality."
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