WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Instagram couple Jean and Camille of the @BackpackDiariez who received backlash over a photo taken outside of a moving train defended the picture saying it was “not dangerous.”
- Some social media users called the photo and the couple “stupid” for risking their lives for a risky kiss.
- The husband and wife, who were aboard a blue train traveling to Ella, Sri Lanka when they took the photo, claimed they did research to prevent any deadly accident.
A husband and wife travelers received criticisms early this month after “risking their lives” just to take a “stupid” photo for Instagram.
Jean and Camille of the @BackpackDiariez came under fire for sharing one of their latest photos while traveling to Ella, Sri Lanka.
The controversial photo shows the couple sharing a kiss while hanging out of a moving train. Camille is holding the hand rails while Jean holds on to the train with only one hand.
In the Instagram caption, the pair from Brussels, Belgium described the image as one of their “wildest kisses.” It was the best photo to describe what they are really like as a couple, the caption also read, having “blind trust in each other”.
Some social media users thought the image was “romantic” and “amazing” but there were also those who were not impressed and called it “stupid”.
One Instagram user commented: “This is how people die. Wouldn’t call this adventure, but stupid. Risking life for likes on Instagram .”
Camille, who felt the people’s negativity about the photo, shared what really happened when they took it, claiming it was “not dangerous.”
“When we took the picture, the train was moving at a walking speed and the edge was not deep at all, she told The Cut in an interview.
“We would never risk our lives or our health to get a good picture. We care too much for each other for that.”
Camille also said that Jean’s brother took the photo.
“This train ride is very famous in Sri Lanka and we had seen many pictures on social media of people hanging out of the doors, so we knew we wanted to try this and prepared for it in advance,” she continued.
Camille also said that they did some research before taking the shot —the best time of the day when to take the shot, “what side of the train has better views, what color the train would be, etc.”
The end result – an amazing photo that was liked by thousands — which, according to Camille, took an hour and around 500 photos to get the perfect shot.