Interracial couple gets slammed as white bride leads black groom on leash at their wedding
An interracial couple was blasted after a controversial clip from their wedding that showed an apparent white wife escorting her new husband, an apparent black man, into a small celebration hall on a dog leash went viral. The unconventional "family tradition" as part of wedding celebrations took place in Gallatin, Tennessee. As of Thursday, April 14, the TikTok video had been viewed almost 345,000 times.
The controversial clip was shared by @Tenneggee with the caption, "The Alexander Wedding" on April 2. The video shows the newlyweds making their grand entrance into a wedding reception with George Clinton's party track 'Atomic Dog' played in the background. The groom who has a collar and leash around his neck gets down on all fours and begins crawling like a canine. After the bride lets go of the leash, the groom goes on to sit back on his haunches and stick out his tongue, mimicking a panting dog in heat. Then, reassuming a pup's position, the man plants his face into his blushing bride's pelvic region and mimes urinating on her leg.
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After watching the viral clip, several users took to the comment section of the Tik Tok video to express their fury over the couple's puzzling show. One user talking about the imagery of a black man leashed by a white woman said, "Bro just set us back a hundred yrs." Another wrote, "This giving me the movie GET OUT vibes", referring to Jordan Peele’s 2017 horror film about an interracial couple.
Someone commented, "This would have been the PERFECT time to say ‘no children at the reception'" with another agreeing, "There's children there smh. I'm mad at everyone." One criticized, "Not one person there had nothing to say about this bs?" while another wrote, "Everyone just happy and clapping along....Ain't no way!!". Someone else yelped, "I find this very offensive, in every way."
Others misconstrued the incident as a display of kinks including bondage (use of leash) and raceplay, which is a form of sexual roleplay in which players act out racially-charged situations like interracial slave-master relationships.
Meanwhile, a small group of internet users came in support of the couple. "Not y'all offended about what this couple wanted to do for THEIR wedding", rebuked a supporter. "I'm sure it was his idea just as much it was hers."
Addressing the backlash over the viral clip, the groom in the video, Alexander explained that he was doing a dance that is part of a family tradition for him. He told Daily Dot, his father loves George Clinton's 'Atomic Dog' song that was played in the background. "The song itself means something to me and my family," Alexander said. "[My dad] made his own dance for it [a] long time ago. And ever since, it’s been passed down to my oldest sister and then me."
Alexander said the dance at his wedding was a joking nod to the fact that his wife had finally got him to marry her after six years together. "It was showing that she finally got me," the groom explained. "There was nothing like ‘Oh, well that’s my slave owner." Alexander said he’s grateful to have gone viral with a dance that is so important to him and his family, regardless of what people say about it.
"This is [my] family song, you know, full of gratitude and heritage. So I don’t I don’t really care about the comments. They don’t know me," Alexander said. “But I really do appreciate them letting me go viral."