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A White Couple Staged Their Wedding Photos as a Congolese Kidnapping—People Aren't Having It

A white woman in a wedding dress on top of a volcano wearing blood diamonds. These people actually did this.

A white couple goes to Congo and stages a wedding shoot on a volcano complete with locals staged as gross caricatures of militiamen and "tribespeople" holding them at gunpoint with captions about blood diamonds, "the ghetto," and bragging about being in an active war zone.


What can you say about these photos that isn't blindingly obvious from just looking at them? The sheer level of effort they put into executing this "Heart of Darkness" fantasy is breathtaking—a security team, a drone, actors! This couple must be the least self-aware people to have ever traveled. They're like two Louise Lintons.

As social media warps our brains, pushing us deeper into the pit of performative bullshit for the 'gram we are suddenly all spectators to the aesthetic depths of the racist mind. From the explicit MAGA fan-art to this kind of neo-colonial Snap Chat fantasia, it's grotesque and seemingly inescapable.

Posted yesterday on Facebook by Cecilia Christin, the 2017 photos have now been shared thousands of times and inspired a torrent of social media commentary. While the photographer's original Instagram has now been taken down you can see the photos as part of the post "Outside of the Box Congo Wedding Shoot with the Leica M10 by John R. Milton" The fact that they were taken with a ludicrous $8000 camera just bumps the absurdity ever higher.

Christin told Business Insider

"I decided to share these pictures in order to foster discussion within my friends and following, specifically about the accessorization of black bodies for this couple's photo shoot," Christin said. Specifically, she took issue with how the couple uses "black and brown people, and their experiences, as props to gain a following" on Instagram.

No word from the photographers, yet.

People on Twitter first weren't sure it's real. Well, like most things in 2018, it's real and it's bad.



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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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