My wedding reception entrance was supposed to be a family tribute but now everyone is assuming it is racist
16th April 2022

A BRIDE’S entrance to her wedding reception was meant as a tribute to the groom's family – but it went horribly wrong with people thinking it was racist.

TikTok user @tenneggee posted a video on April 2 which showed a black man being led on a leash by a white woman in a wedding dress, and dancing on all fours.



At the start of the footage, the bride and groom walk into the wedding reception.

The groom can be seen wearing a collar and leash around his neck and gets down on his knees and starts crawling into the centre of the room.

Wedding guests can be seen clapping, dancing and video-recording the incident.

When the bride lets go of the leash, the groom remains on all fours and mimes lifting his leg like a dog and peeing on her.

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The video on the social media site had clocked up nearly 345,000 views by Thursday.

But Tra’ Alexander, the groom seen in the footage, said the dance is just a family tradition.

He said his dad is a big fan of George Clinton’s Atomic Dog, the song that can be heard while the groom danced.

Alexander said his father originated acting like a dog while the song played and so he and his sisters do the dance as well.

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He told the Daily Dot: “The song itself means something to me and my family.

“[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 added the dance at his wedding was a joking nod to the fact his wife had finally got him to marry her having been together for six years.

“It was showing that she finally got me,” Alexander explained. “There was nothing like ‘Oh, well that’s my slave owner.'”

Many TikTok commentators, unaware of the context, found the footage to be either upsetting and/or offensive.

Referring to the imagery of a Black man on a leash held by a White woman, one commentator said: “Bro just set us back a hundred yrs.”

“It was showing that she finally got me. There was nothing like ‘Oh, well that’s my slave owner.'”

Another, who made reference to Jordan Peele’s 2017 horror film about an interracial couple, wrote: “This giving me the movie GET OUT vibes.”

Others thought the presence of a child at the reception was inappropriate.

“This would have been the PERFECT time to say ‘no children at the reception,'” one commented.

The video was reposted by @friedokrahheaux, who compared the footage to a “plantation wedding”.

“I thought these plantation weddings were bad but y’all never cease to amaze me,” the TikTok user wrote in the video’s caption.

Her TikTok has more than 14,000 views.

In the comments she clarified that she wasn’t “kink-shaming” Alexander.

Alexander also clarified to the Daily Dot the leash was meant as a joke and his dance was not a “kink”.

“Although I do believe certain kinks should be shamed,” she commented. “If this is their kink why is this being display like this? If not what is the purpose or need for this?”

It seems commentators misconstrued the incident as displaying kinks, such as bondage with the use of a leash, as well as raceplay, seen as a type of sexual roleplaying where the races and/or ethnicities of the participants are emphasized.

In an interview with Ebony, sex educator Mollena Williams-Haas, who frequently comments on raceplay and other related kinks, said engaging in raceplay “is not something to be done frivolously,” and that it centers on consent.

'SIMPLE-MINDED' PEOPLE

Speaking about how the video had been interpreted, Alexander said people were “simple-minded”.

“But I mean, I can’t blame them because, look how the world is today,” he told the Daily Dot.

The original poster, @tenneggee, uploaded a follow-up video of the wedding “for all the criticism”.

In the footage, Alexander, who is still wearing the leash but isn’t being held by his bride, can be seen dancing and mimicking a dog along with his older sister on all fours.

Those comments seem to have been more accepting.

“People gotta do what they into,” one said.

“They just having fun,” another wrote.

“Whatever you do,” a third added, “be the best at it.”

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Alexander said the dance was important to him and he was grateful it had gone viral, despite what people may have thought.

“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.”


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