An Alabama man pulled off what is arguably the worst wedding proposal of all time.
Daiwon McPherson staged a police brutality-themed proposal for his girlfriend Shawna Blackmon, which has gone viral for being so insensitive and bizarre.
The video clip shows a police car pulling into a gas station where McPherson and a crowd of other people are standing around the pumps. Two white cops exit the vehicle with their guns drawn and immediately begin instructing McPherson to get on the ground while pointing their weapons at him.
After he gets down, he starts pulling out the ring while Blackmon tries to intervene to help her partner, whom she clearly believes is under duress. As McPherson remains down on his knee, he presents her with the ring, which incites a round of gasps and applause from bystanders and tears of joy from Blackmon.
Young black man gets guns pulled on him by police but watch what happens next... what are your thoughts? 😱 (via ig: thereallilhaiti) pic.twitter.com/iK2C2EBJyj— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) December 11, 2016
According to Fusion, McPherson said he had arranged the proposal earlier that same day with the two officers who were “all for it.”
While the idea may have been unique, it was neither romantic nor tactful. Police brutality is a serious issue that has claimed too many black lives and created very tense relations between law enforcement and society. For McPherson to make a mockery of that just seems very thoughtless.
McPherson told AL that he wanted an interaction between a black man and police to go viral for having a positive outcome for a change, but this doesn’t come across as the best way to do that.
“I appreciate the way he did it... here we are, ending the year engaged!” Blackmon reportedly said of her fiancé's unconventional proposal.
Twitter did not share Blackmon’s sentiments. McPherson was dragged on social media by people who were not too happy with his proposal. There were a few who defended his intentions and applauded his cleverness, but the overall response was overwhelmingly negative.
You incorporated police brutality into your wedding proposal... Yikes.— Ája. (@AjaReneeee) December 11, 2016
Idk if y'all seen the fake police brutality wedding proposal video but it was not romantic at all ????????— CasVaughn (@CVaughn_2) December 11, 2016
Why would you trigger the memories and thoughts of the family members who lost love ones to police brutality all to have a wedding proposal?— Thuggin26 (@LicMaChecks) December 11, 2016
Planning a police brutality setting as a place for a wedding proposal is beyond the pale. I'm sorry but I would have been pissed off.— Shay Stewart Bouley (@blackgirlinmain) December 11, 2016
Using a police brutality scene as a wedding proposal? pic.twitter.com/FYIzC3WL6J— Janet ???? (@godsperfectionz) December 11, 2016
While the Twittersphere may have seen this idea as a failure, at least McPherson can be pleased to know that his fiancée is happy with it and they can move forward with planning their special day.
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