An interracial couple caused some hoopla online after their slavery-themed engagement photos went viral.
The photos were originally shared on Instagram by user misaelbencosme. The couple was identified as “Jochy and Mariela,” and the location was listed as Moca, Espaillat, in the Dominican Republic. The post’s caption clearly explained their intent.
Oh, this Black man hates himself. pic.twitter.com/NxwXWY1evl
— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@Freeyourmindkid) July 21, 2021
“1842. Days passed, and everything changed. Our love got stronger and stronger,” the caption read. “He was no longer a slave. He was part of the family… Part 2 PRE-WEDDING session.”
The photos showed a white woman, presumably Mariela, dressed like a Little House on the Prairie extra and her shackled Black companion, Jochy, dressed like he spent a day in the fields. In one photo, Mariela is seen gesturing toward the chains as if she would take them off his wrists. Another image shows Jochy on his knees, kissing his fiancee’s hands as Miss Millie looked down at him with a big grin on her face.
The slavery cosplay photoshoot made its way across Twitter and TikTok. Many users were baffled by the couple’s weird-ass engagement theme.
“The romanticizing of Slavery has got to stop. Why are people having a Slavery themed engagement shoot???” tweeted one user.
When the slavery engagement photo couple does a pregnancy shoot it's gonna be him in a prison jumpsuit & her as a court appointed attorney with papers hanging out a shitty briefcase so you know he getting locked up for at least 18 years. pic.twitter.com/yysMgSY2Sb
— Martin Morrow (@martinMmorrow) July 21, 2021
@cdntheplayers#greenscreen #Slavery #Racism #White #WhitePeople #fyp #BlackTikTok #BLM #BlackLivesMatter♬ I was Born by The River – Jabez
“Why in the world would you cosplay slavery for some engagement shit?? Idk why some of these dudes think marrying a White girl an accomplishment,” questioned another user.
The romanticizing of Slavery has got to stop. Why are people having a Slavery themed engagement shoot???
— Reanna Williams (@QueenRe5) July 22, 2021
I just saw a comment on TikTok where somebody asked if the couple in the slavery themed engagement photoshoot get divorced "will she put the chains back on" and I… pic.twitter.com/EGJjcotXzM
— Sisenjeni 🙆🏾♂️ (@MvelaseP) July 23, 2021
Why in the world would you cosplay slavery for some engagement shit?? Idk why some of these dudes think marrying a White girl an accomplishment
— Wii-Yum (@MrGee54) July 21, 2021
Some viewers did not want to believe the photos depict a real couple.
okay, i don’t think the slavery engagement post is real because it’s existed a little too long without names being named
— saint lil ron (@heighcei) July 23, 2021
I’m not RT’ing that slavery fantasy engagement photo shoot b/c I have questions about what’s real on social media these days. I don’t want to believe that’s real
— Vaccinated💉Masked😷Praying for the World🙏🏾✝️ (@BreeNewsome) July 21, 2021
“I’m not RT’ing that slavery fantasy engagement photoshoot b/c I have questions about what’s real on social media these days. I don’t want to believe that’s real,” wrote activist Bree Newsome.
The couple nor the photographer have been identified, and it’s best they keep it that way. Hopefully, they won’t serve fried chicken and watermelon at the wedding.