The Nightly Show – Planning a Plantation Wedding

You know what I love? Weddings.
Do you know what I don’t love?
When I read
that it’s now trendy
for white people to have
lavish plantation weddings
on estates where black people
used to be enslaved,
that (bleep) didn’t sit right
with me.
So to figure out
if this is actually as racist
as it sounds,
Robin Thede and I traveled
to the Richwood Plantation
in Kentucky
to sit down
with owner Colleen Sutton
under the guise
of planning our own wedding.
-Great place.
-It’s so beautiful here. Thank you very much. Is it okay that I’m inside? -Absolutely.
-Okay. As we understand,
this place has some… -very interesting history also.
-It does. Samuel Fern is the owner
that is really, um, credited
to building this property. -He had slaves, right?
-He did. There were three slaves
that were recorded. But it was recorded earlier -that he did actually have
four slaves, -Four slaves. -and, um…
-What happened to the other one? He… did… f… es-escape, I guess. -He actually…
he actually ran away. -Yay…! ♪ ♪Colleen gave us a tour
of the land,
and surprisingly, I didn’t feel
the urge to run away.
So, you want to know what
one of the most ironic things about where
we’re standing right now? -That we’re not working?
-(Sutton laughs) Is look how close we are
to the river. Kentucky was a slave state. That’s Indiana–
and that was a free state. Wait a minute, wait a minute,
wait a minute, wait a minute. -You had a slave living
right here… -Yes, sir. -staring at freedom every day.
-Yes. Absolutely. -Wow. -That’s how committed
black people are to not swimming, is that
we would rather stay slaves -than swim 50 yards to freedom.
-That is… Well, you know.But that’s not to say I
didn’t see anything suspicious
on the property.Hey, Colleen, what’s that? YARD: It looks like a place
to hang black people. Uh, no. Actually, I think
it was more of a pulley system, where they were able
to bring heavy objects from down low up to
the third floor of the mansion. -Oh, like black people?
-Oh, I love that. No, not like black people. How authentic
can these weddings get? Right? So if we want to have
a plantation wedding, I mean,
how authentic can they get? Do we dress in costume?
Like, what can go on? You can really do
anything that you want. You can be as elaborate
and do something like a traditional
plantation wedding… Traditional… 1790… traditional? -Absolutely.
-Because we’re gonna dress up our little cousins, like,
you know, little slaves, -little… little (bleep)
running around. -Yeah. -You know what I mean?
-Aw… And we might beat ’em. -With, like, Nerf whips.
-Everybody take turns. -Not real whips.
-Yeah, not real whips. Yeah, that doesn’t…
that doesn’t feel good to me. If we have our wedding here, and let’s say she gets pregnant
wedding night– -’cause it’s gonna be on–
-Yeah. -um, do you keep the baby,
or…? -(laughing) What do we do? -No. -Is it ours?
Can we leave with it? Absolutely. Yes. I’m… I am the owner
of the property, -I am not the owner of you.
-Of us. Yeah. Oh. Well,
that should be on the sign.Our approach might have been
too traditional for Colleen,
so we sat down
with a black person
to see how they would feel.Cuita, you actually catered
weddings at this plantation. -Yes.
-How do you feel about that, having a wedding
on a plantation? I actually don’t see
an issue with it. So if you had a contract
that said that… we want
an all-African American staff and we want to call you all
the N-word… -But you get paid.
-in the spirit… -but you get paid…
-$10,000 for the day. Right. And it’s just in the
spirit of the antebellum world. -No.
-THEDE: No. -No money’s gonna allow…
-$20,000 a day. $20,000. -I don’t think I could put
a price… -$35,000. -I wouldn’t put a price on it.
-$50,000. -No. -A million dollars.
-A hundred thousand dollars. -A million dollars.
-That’s a lot of money. They could probably call me
(bleep) for… a million! (laughs) Now, a lot of people think
it’s bad to get married at a plantation,
given its history. Do you think that’s valid? I think there is validity there, but I think that if we were to
look at our nation as a whole, there are so many places
that evil has happened that we wouldn’t have anywhere
to do incredible events.But just because bad (bleep)
happens everywhere,
doesn’t mean we
should just forget about it.
I’m all for having weddings
at plantations
as long as we Keep It 100
about its past.
Let me do something that I
would have never been able to do back in the day,
and that’s speak my mind. Richwood Plantation
is beautiful. And here,
white people serveyou.-Yes! -Whoever thought
we’d live to seethisday? (laughs): Who’d have thought
we’d live to seeanyday? We’re on a (bleep) plantation!
(laughs) But I got to admit,
I love white people serving me. ♪ ♪ (cheering, applause)

Michael Martin

100 Responses

  1. The fact that white people still own these plantations …still profiting and blacks have never ever seen retribution for it. This is funny but it is actually very sad.

  2. "GET OUT!!!" & Stop Playin…… HomeGirl(the tour-guide) didn't even look like she believed that the 4th one Really "escaped" when she said it……

  3. Maybe they didn't know that Indiana was a free state at that time they probably thought it was apart of Kentucky…who is going to tell them….lol…good skit!

  4. Black people: Plantation wedding? They black? What kind of πŸ’©? Let me see what kind of mess is this…

  5. Honestly I’ve visited plantations around the Caribbean, I’m fascinated by the history. The Rosehall in Jamaica has such an interesting history, you can feel the heaviness even as you appreciate the beauty of the location. I’ve never been to one in the South, and I’ve also never thought of people having weddings there. I’m not surprised tho, some Schools are literally built on old slave quarters and they find bodies by accident. This whole country was built on slavery, as long as the plantations can be educational I don’t mind it. M

  6. Blacks are generally frightened of dogs, too. Probably because they used to be hunted down by dogs after escaping. Do not understand the fear of swimming though. Can anyone explain that?

  7. Someone here compared this to having a wedding at a nazi death camp. I'm going to repost my reply as an original comment, so that it's more likely to be seen.


    But that's pretty much the whole country, and not even just the south, so… do you want to burn down every single relic of history or legislate to only be happy in new places?….

    I can see maybe referring to plantation weddings as only partly traditional or as how they should have looked, however.

    After all, it's not that they shouldn't have made plantations, since they slaughterred most of the native Americans who used to live there anyway. .. They just should have farmed them consensually. ….

    Should we also not sing on the roadways where black people were lynched?..

    But i understand it being triggerring, because they have come to symbolize slavery.

    What really blows my mind, though, is how much this comes down to even black people participating in erasing the history of their own oppression:

    On August 22nd of 1862, Abraham Lincoln penned a response- apparently to someone's rant about him ending slavery or wanting to- and this response consisted of Lincoln defending his self about the emancipation proclamation by basically saying that he would have not stuck his neck out by doing it except that it helped him to end the war by winning it. .. Lincoln therefor basically outright admitted that he only freed slaves to save people who were already free from war. …

    and yet, since history is a set of lies agreed upon by its victors, and because the south (may have) happenned to be where there was more poor-people-work to be done because of the aggricultural resources that thrived there, slavery has been pinned on the south.

    Mind you, as someone who has always lived in the northern United States, it is out of humility that i say this: 1: The South may have been fighting the civil war partly in defense of slavery, but the North wasn't fighting the civil war entirely- nor probably even mostly- to end slavery. 2: White people both then and now usually only end racism how it conveniences them to. I'm sorry if that's triggerring, but it's important. And, i'm saying this as a white person, by the way. 3: Plantations are therefor no more racist than the White House. And 4: If we are to effect the racial reform that is /*still*/ needed in this country, it is of paramount importance that we not pretent that it already happenned.

    "Patriots" and other racists are unlikely to hate nor disregard you any more for having a problem with your country than they already do for your vendetta against the south. Lincoln was assassinated anyway, after all. It's clear that compromising with abusers doesn't protect one, so one might as well stand for everything for which one should. I'm not saying to be uncompassionate toward ignorant people, but i /am/ saying to bring on the deep peer pressure where it counts- not just the sheepish half-assed-as-possible legislation, whether to win a war or to save face. ….

    That is my problem with reparations outside of the context of a bill that addresses continuing racism.. It pretends that all that is needed is an apology and amends…. but even amends don't necessarily constitute repentance .

    …. Change The United States of America. … Change the /culture/ by way of government intervention.

    …. Pass, for example, bills giving portions of statistically corrupt cops' paychecks to scholarships for citizens of the communities that their /erronious/ accusations can be found to discriminate against. In fact, if they refuse to give their badge number/s, then do it to their whole office, so that there is financial pressure from the whole group to fire them. and more than that:

    Make sure it mandates that if the discrimination against a community is bad enough in a particular police system then that police force is proportionately required to hire & promote cops mostly from that community for the next 5 years until the problem in the system has been neutralized. .. and research the stats for this chance of corruption every single year. ….

    After all, even if the figures /were/ an anomaly, what would it really hurt?…. and my favourite thing about it is that if it never helps white people then racism-deniers will have to ask why. ….

    And if they choose to continue to ask why instead of waking up to our living history, then it puts it on /them/ to accuse a governmental system of corruption.

    … and if they really don't like that then it probably won't yield any more violence, at least in the long run. What it may do is bring that fire on the system which should be defending the people whom it oppresses rather than mostly on those oppressed people. When i consider what is just and what is real, i have to prefer the risk of fighting a second civil war against a racist rebellion than against a racist government. …. *for a change*. ….

    The scapegoating of the confederate region- for what we continue to be complicit in- is an insidious diversion.

  8. No way that dude only had four…I mean, three slaves. Maybe three slaves that worked in the house, but who was working in the fields, making him money?

  9. GOOD FOR HER FOR BEING A GOOD SPORT…White people; acknowledge your history and we can be cool; nobody thinks y’all are responsible for what others did, but be reasonable and acknowledge it, my dads father was born to slaves; it is not as far removed and you all think….

  10. The Wedding Planner looks so uncomfortable. OMG. She is literally stuttering. I hope she knew that it was a sketch.

  11. 🀣🀣🀣🀣 That river story just took me back to Kanye's comment about slavery being a choice. 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣 And, no guys i dnt agree with Kanye.

  12. β€œIf she gets pregnant on our wedding night, do you keep the baby???” Hilarious!!!!!!!🀣🀣🀣πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

  13. 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣 this is so funny! Because I'm black, and I wanted mine at a place that I didn't know was a plantation, because I loved the house! πŸ€£πŸΉπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

  14. Those kinds of white folk are stupid. They love having weddings at plantations down here in Arkansas. They treasure reliving those antebellum years. They will never get over the fact that the South will NEVER rise again!

  15. I'm not going to have my wedding at a plantation. I'm not going to live in a neighborhood with the name plantation. Lol I'm staying VERY far away from anything with the name plantation in it.

  16. Neither white black Brown yellow red this s*** is so offensive this is not comedy just to Afro-American actors creating more racism

  17. Im.that black person. Better not take me to a plantation nothing. Just disrespectful an I cant handle it. I broke down at destroyed temples an probably wouldn't handle a concentration camp. So keep ya little plantations. Mad youtube keeps showing all this talent after the fact hmmml. Music wise and comedy.

  18. White people will serve us one day in Jerusalem. Praise the Mighty YAHWEH by saying HalleluYAH. You will only see this if you return back to YAHWEH and follow his commandments, status and his laws.

  19. Omg. I want to laugh and cry. True comedy. And I agree with other comments regarding appropriate places to celebrate (ie, the beach in Normandy, anywhere in Hiroshima or Ft. Sumtner, SC) just doesn't sit right with the soul.

  20. People do understand that plantation is just a word for farm right? We shouldn't have crops or items now because of slavery? They had slaves auction at the court houses too, No More judge Judy!!!!

  21. Caterer : "There's no amount of money that would make me tolerate that treatment."

    them : "I'll give your a million dollars"

    caterer : πŸ‘€ πŸ‘€ πŸ‘€

  22. How can people be so comfortable with having a plantation wedding. Those trees even made me uncomfortable. They look like lynching trees.

  23. I havent laughed like this in a long time…and I mean it in the most respectful and polite way. Just the sense of humor this guy possesses is priceless πŸ‘Œ

  24. Most of y'all must not be from the south. We live here, our ancestors are from here, but somehow we're more over it than y'all are. Maybe because it's in our face and we've had more time to process all the issues and emotions. Those poor people were not us and we're glad that period of history is over. We visit the plantations to learn about history, to learn how hard life was and to pay our respects to the memory of the people who lived and worked there. I imagine people have weddings at them because they're pretty places and they're local, not because they're celebrating slavery. I would think it justified and victorious if a beautiful black wedding was done at a plantation, just as the white weddings are. And sure, have white staff for the event. It's entirely appropriate. Being salty at modern people about what happened generations ago when none of us was in control of that… nah. I think it's weird to get married anywhere but a church, anyway, so I never considered that slavery was still in y'all's minds when considering where people have weddings. I see your point, but I also think you're not fully informed about how things are, related to these properties. Some plantations down here are owned by the mixed race descendants of the original families, who are now a large community all around the area of the home. They hold family reunions there and I would imagine weddings too, if they want to because it's their place and they're proud of it. It's more complex and mixed than you think. A plantation I know of was indeed left in a will to the black people who had been enslaved there. Soon as they were freed by the 'master' and given the place as he lay dying, they enslaved other blacks to work for them and half of them went back to Africa and enslaved people and set up a plantation there, where they live to this day (doubtful they've still got anybody enslaved over there?). Other plantations are fallen into ruin and so creepy and haunted that nobody wants to set foot on them, much less own them.

  25. This inspired me to have my wedding at a nazi Germany camp and I’ll dress my reverend up as hitler.. Lol I might get killed but hey go big or go homeπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  26. "What happen to the other one [slave]?"

    "…..he did escape."

    1:00 Eeeeggghhhh πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜œπŸ₯³πŸ˜Ž (sending positive vibes from the future to you brotha)

  27. I was once invited to a plantation wedding by a white coworker along with 4 other black people. I wasn't going to go and then she wanted me to. And to be honest the curiosity got me. It's like it's ok but I was fully prepared to break out in under 60 seconds

  28. Robin & Mike are foolssssss!!! They are a HOTT MESS! This is hilarious.

    The owner of the property had to rethink her stance/ her level of fragility and lack of knowledge on the treatment of enslaved people. This was front & centered.

  29. Nobody believes there were only 3 – 4 slaves on that big ass plantation. The fourth slave…? "Escaped I guess?…" Lies!!! πŸ˜… Also, she says a lot of "I think…" or "I believe…" She's just making sh*t up as she goes with the black folks. What if they were white and not being filmed for a Comedy Show and really wanting a "plantation wedding"? There would've been 100 slaves and yes, they hung the slaves that didn't "Act right" from the 3rd floor using the "Pulley". Look at "The Nation as a whole…?" Hmmm…sounds dismissive and sketch to me. Ijs…πŸ˜…

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