On Sunday, Courtney Kardashian and Travis Barker had their third wedding. Most likely, it will be their final one.
The ceremony took place in a historic house in Italy, and the final destination was the wedding.
Courtney has now taken Travis’ last name – on social media, however.
But the celebration rubbed off some wrong way, and more people talk. Was Courtney’s marriage culturally offensive?
“Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Barker,” Courtney Kardashian captioned an array of wedding photos.
The photos, which are closely aligned with previous images shared by her family on social media, show her wedding.
While the richness of the photos is obvious, many have focused on Courtney’s seemingly new title.
“Courtney Kardashian Barker,” Courtney wrote in her Instagram bio.
We still don’t know if he’s changing it to a legal name, or if it’s just something he writes on social media.
One thing we know for sure is that very few people will accept a new title anyway. Only Kim ever called herself Kardashian West.
Courtney captioned another sample of Italian weddings, “Even after happiness.”
However, since these images give the world a clearer and clearer picture of the event, some have expressed concern.
This is not a display of wealth when millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet, like the seemingly humorous use of Catholic imagery.
Courtney’s mini dress was accompanied by a veil depicting the Virgin Mary, an important figure throughout Christianity but especially in Catholicism.
Significantly, Travis has the same tattoo – on his head, no less.
Travis has been outspoken about his relationship with Catholicism in the past, but Courtney – although a Christian from a devout Christian family – is not known as a Catholic.
In fact, Courtney has been seen leaving the highly controversial megachurch, Hillsong, in the past.
With that in mind, some find it strange that she would adopt a Catholic “aesthetic” for her marriage.
Is it a “satire” of Catholicism, or do fans misunderstand the motives behind the image?
“Somewhat surprising that Courtney’s wedding is like this Catholic” aesthetic “dress and her wedding villa like the Virgin Mary ??” One person tweeted.
Another wrote: “Do I really think Travis and Courtney’s marriage is a mockery of Catholicism?” Another one suggested.
“They don’t symbolize religious people at all, they just think it’s ridiculous,” the second person wrote. “I’m not Catholic but just don’t sit with me.”
Another officially confirmed that the couple was “happy” but felt that “liturgical clothing used during the mass is not something fashionable.”
“I’m just going to say it’s point blank. As a Catholic, it was very offensive to Courtney Kardashian to use her blessed mother’s dress on her wedding weekend, “wrote another.
The same Twitter continued: “I have a right to be offended.”
Discussing Catholicism is complicated because you are discussing three different topics:
The Catholic Church (institutions), who are themselves Catholics, and then the Catholic faith and theology.
We are talking about a century old and controversial organization, with over one billion people from all over the world and then a set of beliefs.
The complex history of the Catholic Church and the extreme political power it wields across the planet make it a complex discussion.
(This would be a simple discussion if Courtney and Travis wore a Jewish aesthetic, or wore a Druid dress, or performed the seven clockwise steps of the Ojibwe wedding.)
But that does not change the Catholics’ right to protest. That said … there is more to this.
From these tweets and similar posts, it seems that there is some ignorance at work
Courtney is a very devout Christian. The Kardashian family as a whole (even if individual beliefs differ).
The girls grew up in Catholic schools, which certainly influenced their worldview and theology.
Meanwhile, Travis Barker grew up in a Catholic family.
He remains a devout Christian, and believes that the only survivor of the 2008 plane crash was a miracle that he survived for a reason.
With all of this in mind, some images of Mary at the wedding are certainly not intended to ridicule anyone or anything else. As we have said, it is complex.