A French travel content creator who shared a video of himself crashing into a Vietnamese wedding drew disapproval from internet users.
In his now-deleted TikTok video titled “How I joined a Vietnamese wedding uninvited,” Alwin GC (@alwingc) makes sure to specify that he was not invited to the wedding, but asks for the ticket because he is “French” and a “youtuber”. Entering, Alwin explains how uncomfortable he felt as “the only white man” and “the only foreigner.”
“I walked in and then everyone was looking at me. […] as if I felt so uncomfortable ”, he narrates.
Standing between the guests and the couple, Alwin positions himself next to the main stage to get a close-up shot of the bride and groom. Meanwhile, Alwin continues to express his discomfort at the wedding, stating that he “didn’t really know what to do” and “no one seemed to invite me to his table.”
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Eventually, Alwin decides to ask to join a guest table via Google Translate. After he accepts his request, he points out how “he ate so much food”.[,] fried food […] we tried so many different things and then obviously drank together.”
Although Alwin’s original video was removed from his page, where he has more than 500,000 followers and 9.6 million likes, people reacted to the posts shared on TikTok.
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On TikTok, user @queerlamp cooked up her video, writing: “I bet you wouldn’t do this at a white american wedding if you came to the US they ate the food they bought for their guests ofc no one invited you to their table YOU ARE A STRANGE MAN WHO WAS INVITED TO A WEDDING.”
The sentiments are echoed by TikTok user @srirachalesbian, who calls it the “white men’s right in Southeast Asia.” Implicating the history of French colonization in Vietnam, @srirachalesbian states: “The way you guys swear you’re not like your ancestors (your literal grandparents) and then do things like this.”
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The negative response to Alwin’s video also spread to Reddit, where the video was uploaded to the r/VietNam and r/ActLikeYouBelong subreddit.
“He’s not even acting like he belongs,” one Reddit users commented. “She was just stumbling around and distracting from courtesy.”
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In response, another commenter wrote, “Worse, you are taking advantage of cultural differences in courtesy. I think they would not have felt that they could ask him to leave. Imagine going to a loved one’s wedding and wanting to catch up with their relatives, and then you have this jerk using google translate to comment on every bite you take. Yuck.”
In another response to the Reddit post, a Username offers a simple solution: “‘I wasn’t invited, I really didn’t know what to do.’ Leave yourself a fucking idiot.”
Featured Image via @alwingc
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