Some netizens found the pictorial to be distasteful and even offensive, because, in their opinion, it features Ethiopians as mere props.
The shoot was shot and conceptualized by Metrophoto. And as of writing, the controversial photos have now been deleted on their official pages.
Meanwhile, yesterday, Billy and Coleen released an official statement regarding the issue.
According to the couple, they “never forced anyone nor wanted to disrespect any race or culture.”
As it turns out, the viral posts are not their official pre-nup photos. The couple shared that Ethiopian Airlines invited them to promote tourism through the photoshoot, and the kids in the pictures insisted on being part of the shots.
On the other hand, some netizens unleashed their creativity and took things lightly. Here are some of the wittiest reactions we’ve seen so far.
Sleep tight, Coleen
Even Asia's Songbird couldn't help it