The wedding between two social media influencers has caused a stir after old racist and xenophobic tweets from one of the newlyweds – including the use of the N-word and calls for people to return to China – resurfaced, sparking anger online have triggered.
“Mrs. Lunden and Olivia Stallings,” the brides, both 26, wrote Tick tock after the wedding. “Really no words, just tears.”
The video montage of Stallings and Bennett on their wedding day garnered 1.8 million views, nearly 300,000 likes and more than 4,000 comments. Both walked down the aisle in front of Naylor Hall, an antebellum house, in elegant white dresses and long veils Confederate uniforms were saved.
The two are known for sharing lifestyle videos with their 700,000 followers, including their outfits of the day, shopping trips, cooking, cocktail making and prep tutorials.
In addition to a series of congratulations on the couple’s union, TikTok was rocked with snide comments after posts on Reddit breathed new life into Lunden’s old social media posts.
“Lunden by Lunden and Olivia has recently resurfaced over 100 tweets containing occasional N-word use and microaggressions,” a Reddit user Posted Monday. “She deletes and blocks anyone who acknowledges it.”
Along with the post, screenshots from Lunden’s X-page (formerly Twitter) showed her regularly using the N-word in conversation and making fun of someone’s “black, crusty, ashy feet.”
“N—- all about my business,” Lunden wrote 2012.
In another screenshot that has since been removed from Reddit, Lunden tweeted: “China go back to your country and get us some medals!!!”
According to Reddit user @LAinfluencersnark, Lunden made hundreds of posts that contained offensive language. However, Lunden’s X account had been deleted by Wednesday.
“[Lunden] was more than old enough to know better here, coupled with the fact that she actually had HUNDREDS of tweets that omitted the N-word,” a Reddit user wrote. “And she deletes every comment on her social media asking about it. Such a shame.”
“Southern white women seriously using the N-word can’t surprise anyone,” said another user replied.
“The most surprising thing about this is that she had SO LONG to delete them and she just didn’t do it,” he said Reddit user commented. “How sloppy can you be.”
In an apology posted to TikTok as a story on Tuesday, Lunden said the tweets from “10 to 12 years ago” do not reflect who she is now.
“I just want to acknowledge, acknowledge that I am completely disgusted and embarrassed and, frankly, embarrassed by how normal it was for me to speak like that on Twitter,” Lunden said in the video while sitting next to Bennett. “This is no one else’s fault but my fault.”
Meanwhile, social media users on the couple’s shared TikTok page were quick to question why the couple had their wedding at a former plantation.
“I’m really curious what makes you think it’s okay to get married on a plantation, especially given your past – as a white woman,” one person commented. “Disgusting.”
“Yeah, a plantation wedding feels appropriate, doesn’t it?” wrote another.
Neither Stallings nor Bennett immediately responded to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment on Wednesday, and Naylor Hall could not confirm whether the 19th century owner HW Proudfoot was a slave owner or whether forced labor was employed on the estate.