Ryan Reynolds has said that he and wife Blake Lively are "deeply and unreservedly sorry" for choosing Boone Hall, a former slave plantation in South Carolina, as the venue for their 2012 wedding.
In an interview with business publication Fast Company, Reynolds said the choice of venue is something the couple will "always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for".
"It's impossible to reconcile," the Deadpool star said.
"What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy."
"Years ago we got married again at home - but shame works in weird ways," he continued. "A giant f****** mistake like that can either cause you to shut down or it can reframe things and move you into action. It doesn't mean you won't f**** up again. But re-patterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn't end."
Digital judo, it turns out, is one of Reynolds's real-life superpowers. #FCMostCreative https://t.co/wlZ16ov2mj— Fast Company (@FastCompany) August 4, 2020
Following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in June, Reynolds and Lively posted a statement to Instagram, saying that they wanted "to educate ourselves" and pledging $200,000 to civil rights organisation the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund.
"We've never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we're pulled over in the car," the statement said. "We don't know what it's like to experience that life day in and day out. We can't imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We're ashamed that in the past we've allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is."
"We've been teaching our children differently than the way our parents taught us," the actors continued. "We want to educate ourselves about other people's experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity. We talk about our bias, blindness and our own mistakes. We look back and see so many mistakes which have led us to deeply examine who we are and who we want to become. They've led us to huge avenues of education.
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"We're committed to raising our kids so they never grow up feeding this insane pattern and so they'll do their best to never inflict pain on another being consciously or unconsciously. It's the least we can do to honor not just George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner, but all the black men and women who have been killed when a camera wasn't rolling."
"Last week we contributed $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund," they concluded. "We stand in awe of this organization and its leader, Sherrilyn Ifill. And this is just a start.
"We also pledge to stay educated and vote in every local election. We want to know the positions of school board nominees, sheriffs, mayors, councilpersons. We want to know their positions on justice. But mainly, we want to use our privilege and platform to be an ally. And to play a part in easing pain for so many who feel as though this grand experiment is failing them."