Instagram Couple Gets Fierce Backlash Over Dangling Kissing Photo That Was Deemed ‘Dangerous’

What was supposed to be a dazzling snapshot has caused some ruckus.

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What was supposed to be a dazzling snapshot has caused some ruckus.

Everyone seems to want a perfect photo op to stand out on social media, but one Instagram couple are getting more than they bargained for. Kody Workman, 32, and Kelly Castille, 33, love to travel the world and share moments from their travels by posting photos on social media. As much as they try to inspire positivity, people have been throwing plenty of negative words at them for one particular snapshot that many considered “stupid” and a dangerous thing to do.

Earlier this month, the couple shared a dramatic picture that was taken at a resort in the town of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia, as they were enjoying the infinity pool that overlooked a nearby jungle. Workman is standing in the pool as he is seen hanging onto Castille, who was dangling over the edge. They were kissing as he supported her by the arms. They received plenty of backlash as the picture made its way around the internet. They have since responded to Fox News, explaining that Castille was not in any danger during the photo taking.

The Instagram couple indicated that there is another pool right below the three-story one where the shot was taken. Workman said that he had a good grip on her but if she should have slipped, she would have fallen into the pool below them. The two were called “morons” for posting this on Instagram. Despite being chided for pulling such a “dangerous” stunt, Workman and Castille are not letting the negativity bring them down.

They told Fox News that they had no idea that this Instagram photo would be such a big deal that, and that they would have to defend themselves. They went on to explain what they call “the reality behind the photo,” not what people’s perceptions are when they see it.

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???????? Our greatest strength in life, our most important principle, is discernment. Only you can know your body, feel the space around you and understand your capabilities. We would all do well to remember this, knowing that not every action, style or path we witness through others is or should be, replicated. At the end of the day we are to hold ourselves accountable for the decisions that we make. ※ ???????? La mejor fortaleza en la vida, el moral más importante, es discernimiento. Solo puedes entender tu cuerpo, sentir el espacio que te rodea y comprender tus capacidades. Haríamos bien en recorder este, sabiendo que no toda acción, estilo o camino que presenciamos por otros es o debe ser, replicado. Al final del dia, somos responsables de las decisiones que hacemos. ※ Thank you @kayonjungleresort for an unforgettable experience! ※ ※ #balitravel #couplesgoals #ilovetravel #bestplaces #baligasm #ubud #balitravel #novios #junglelife #viajeros #wetravel #travelinspo #adventurous #indonesiaparadise #speechlessplaces #infinitypool #welltraveled #earthpix #baliholiday

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Their Instagram account, called Positravelty, was started almost a year ago and has since racked up over 90,000 followers. They have made it their goal to travel to many different countries together, in an effort to experience the world and show off their adventures. According to the traveling couple, this isn’t just about how popular their snapshots are.

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“Whether a photo does well or not, whether it is perceived one way or another, is irrelevant to us. We post what we love and what we believe showcases our happiness, our adventures, [and] our creativity.”

Their photos are quite stunning, many of which are photographed in the most exotic places on earth. However, they explain that it’s not as easy as it looks, revealing that they work many hours to come up with the stunning pictures and to maintain their social media presence.

Workman and Castille also want people to know that they are not “rich,” but that they have worked hard to save their money to be able to go on their travel adventures. The Instagram couple indicates that all it takes is hard work, passion, and motivation.