Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck Receive Backlash Over Wedding Being Located On An Imitation Plantation
Newlyweds Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are receiving backlash over the location of their wedding.
As previously reported, the pair said their “I do’s” Saturday (Aug. 20) at Ben Affleck’s 87-acre property in Georgia–a site controversial for its design as an “imitation” plantation.
According to reports, a 2015 segment of PBS’s “Finding Your Roots” series uncovered news of Benjamin Cole, an ancestor of Ben Affleck’s who reportedly owned multiple enslaved African-Americans. After making efforts to keep the information under wraps, the “Argo” actor tried to sell the property for $8.9 million in 2018, later decreasing the price to $7.6 million in 2019, and ultimately removing the listing after it didn’t sell.
The property, built in 2000, features a 6,000-square-foot home deep water port,10,000 square foot guest house and equestrian facilities, per the outlet.
Once the location and history of the wedding site was revealed, it didn’t take long before social media shared their opinions and harsh criticism. One user wrote:
“J.LO and Ben having their wedding on a plantation doesn’t surprise me…both give off racist vibes.”
Another person said:
“Plantation wedding? J.LO will forever be tone deaf.”
See reactions below:
The big event comes after Jennifer and Ben eloped in an intimate wedding on July 16th in Las Vegas. As we reported, that wedding only had their kids and Lopez’s mother in attendance. They then honeymooned in Paris shortly after. She posted the news to her blog OnTheJLo, where she referred to herself as “Mrs. Jennifer Lynn Affleck.”
For last weekend’s big event, J.Lo was seen wearing a custom Ralph Lauren dress, flown in Italy for the ceremony. The dress featured a 20 foot long train, which was said to be carried down the aisle by her and Ben’s children – Lopez’s 14-year-old twins with Marc Anthony, Max and Emme, and Affleck’s children with Jennifer Garner, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel.
They arrived to the wedding via boat, and greeted their wedding party on the dock. All the guests wore white for the ceremony, which was officiated by life coach and podcaster Jay Shetty. Guests were pictured arriving in trolleys and some in black cars. The reception was held in a big tent outside of the house, and a fireworks show occured in the evening.
Stars like Matt Damon and wife Luciana, Kevin Smith, talent agent Patrick Whitesell and wife, model Pia Miller were among the guests in attendance.
The reunited lovebirds first met in 2001 on the set of the movie “Gigli” and began dating in 2002. Known as “Bennifer” in the early 2000s, Jen and Ben got engaged in November 2002 and had a wedding date set for fall 2003. That wedding was also expected to be huge, with more than 400 guests lined up to come. The couple eventually canceled the wedding, saying the “excessive media attention” around the ceremony was enough to pump the breaks. They broke up in 2004 and reunited in 2021.
Neither Jennifer Lopez nor Ben Affleck have spoken out about the controversy of their wedding location.
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