Ryan Reynolds says he and his wife, Blake Lively, were already sorry to be having their 2012 wedding at a former South Carolina plantation. The subject came up during the recent interview with Fast Company given by the “Deadpool” star.
The publication noted that in 2018 Reynolds was criticized as being racist after he tweeted his support for the Black Panther sequel, praised for his role in black cast and super hero film.
Reynolds told Fast Company that their wedding at Boone Hall, a former South Carolina plantation, is “something we will deeply regret honestly and without restriction.”
“The reconciliation is unlikely,” he said. “What we saw at the time was a wedding place on Pinterest. What we saw subsequently was a place founded upon a horrific disaster.
He said making such an error could “force you to shut down or make a difference and force you to take action.”
The couple did just what move. In June, after a few $1 million in contributions he and Lively made last year to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Immigrant Child Rights Community Center, they contributed $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF).
According to Fast Company, Reynolds is reluctant to talk about his support for social justice “in part because he fears white celebrities too often stifle non-white voices, even if that is not their intention.”
But he’s more than willing to discuss how his manufacturing company and Maximum Effort marketing agency are doing their part by hiring diverse employees and providing employees with capital in the business.
“Representation and diversity have to be completely immersive,” Reynolds said. “For example, he has to be at the heart of storytelling, both in marketing and in Hollywood.
When you add a perspective and a vision that is not your own, you grow. And you are also growing your business. “