Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia Receives Backlash on Ethiopia Prenup Photos

  • March 12, 2018

Coleen Garcia and Billy Crawford’s pre-nup photos shot in Ethiopia quickly went viral over the weekend, but not for a good reason. The soon-to-be-wed couple is in hot waters right now after they’ve been accused of using the locals as props for their pre-nup shoot which people deemed as racist.

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The photos angered a lot of netizens pointing out that the photos reek of ‘othering’, because of how the photos highlighted Coleen and Billy as focus, while the locals are kept on the background as mere props.

The couple quickly defended themselves and aired out their side through a lengthy text message to ABSCBN reporter, MJ Felipe, saying that although they understand where the netizens’ frustration are coming from, it was not their intent at all.

While it can’t be denied that the pre nup photos are beautiful and that the location of Ethiopia is breathtaking, it’s important to note that cultural appropriation is a serious problem that should not be taken lightly. As tourists, Billy and Coleen should’ve been more careful of how they executed their pre-nup shoot.

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