Recently, a photo showing the couple Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia blew up the internet. In the photos the two was seen posing glamorously with some of the locals of Ethiopia. According to some statements, the leaked photos are from the prenuptial shoot of the couple. The photos earned different reactions and opinions from the netizens.
How are we going to get rid of racism if we keep creating it out of nowhere? It's only racist if you think black people look like slaves. So apparently, people who got offended by Coleen and Billy's prenup, do.
— ishmoon ☪︎ (@Ishtarsdalisay) March 11, 2018
The prenup photos of Billy and Coleen are only bad if you think it is bad. They are showing the Ethiopian community, the culture, even though as a background for their photos. They didn't stomp down on the race or ethnicity. They didn't treat them as a lower life form.
— Jason Oredina (@JasonOredina) March 11, 2018
Why are the netizens bashing Billy and Coleen's prenup shoot? When they first came public with the pics taken in Ethopia,all I saw was the beauty of the place and its people. These bashers need to calm their ass down. If you see these people as slaves, then i feel sorry for you.
— ♔ Jázzle B. 🍑 (@JazzleDane) March 11, 2018
Funny how some Filipinos are being disgusted and offended by Coleen & Billy’s prenup shoot because it’s racist and insensitive to their culture but forgot how some people from Luzon looks down the Bisaya’s.
— stéff costa ✨ (@sceinah) March 12, 2018
Good photos but of tone deaf concept. Billy and coleen’s prenup shoot depicts insensitivity and misused regality showing a great fire of vanity.
— hauow puas (@SevCinco) March 10, 2018
Billy and Coleen's prenup shoot just doesn't seem right. Sure, you can showcase their unique culture, colorful garments, and beautiful scenery. But was it really necessary to put those children and women in the background?
— Marise (@marisemb_) March 10, 2018
Diversity is not the issue found in Coleen and Billy's prenup shoot. It's the apparent racial discrimination and the nasty social class oppression so y'all better get your facts straight before you jump into the argument that they did nothing wrong.
Ignorance is what's wrong.
— Liz. (@__yurieka48) March 10, 2018
sobrang cringee ng prenup photos ni coleen garcia at billy crawford. regardless ng kung ano gusto nilang iparating, it still came out culturally insensitive and just plain wrong. wtf is this? pic.twitter.com/THX7oTEe2J
— Jan Chrys Meer (@jancmeer) March 10, 2018
There may have been positive remarks about the photos, but the backlash was undeniably more intense. And because of this, the two cleared the issue through sending in a statement to their network, ABS-CBN. The couple cleared out that they were just invited by Ethiopian Airlines to do the shoot in Ethiopia as part of a tourism campaign. The photos seen on social media sites are not yet their official prenup photos.
Billy added that they just followed their tour guide’s suggestion on hoe to frame the shots and how they want people of Ethiopia to be included in the photos. He cleared that their intentions are pure and they did not have any plans on disrespecting the locals. After explaining their side, he apologized to those who were offended by the photos and said that as public personalities, they should have done better.
READ: Here’s the official statement of Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia re their pre-nup photos being tagged as “racist”. pic.twitter.com/5jmh7mImtz
— MJ Felipe (@mjfelipe) March 11, 2018
Because of the backlash, Metro Photo and the couple took down the said photos.