Couple who dangled out of a moving train for eye-catching Instagram photo hit back at critics who slammed their ‘stupid, life-threatening’ stunt – and claim they weren’t in any danger
- Jean and Camille, from Brussels, were blasted for an image of their ‘wildest kiss’
- Photograph shows them kissing while leaning out of a moving train in Sri Lanka
- The pair has since insisted that the passionate scene wasn’t as risky as it seems
A couple who were slammed online for posting an image of their ‘wildest kiss’ – while leaning out of a moving train in Sri Lanka – have hit back at critics.
Jean and Camille, from Brussels, who travel the world taking photographs, shared the seemingly dangerous stunt on their joint Instagram account, BackpackDiariez.
Posted earlier this month, the picture sees Jean hanging onto the train with one hand while Camille leans out of the carriage to give him a steamy kiss – with one leg even raised for the passionate moment in the small town of Ella.
Critics blasted the photograph as ‘dangerous’ and even potentially ‘life threatening’, yet the pair have since defended the snap and insisted the scene wasn’t as risky as it seems.
Instagram couple Jean and Camille, from Brussels, have hit back at critics who blasted them for posting an image of their ‘wildest kiss’
Speaking to The Cut, Camille said: ‘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.
‘When we took the picture, the train was moving at a walking speed and the edge was not deep at all,’ she explained.
‘We would never risk our lives or our health to get a good picture. We care too much for each other for that.’
She added that the photo was taken by Jean’s brother who captured over 500 images, across an hour, to get that perfect shot.
Shortly after sharing the photograph, the couple took to Instagram to insist that they would ‘never ever risk our safety or our health for the perfect pic’
After it was posted earlier this month, social media users were quick to blast the couple, suggesting it was ‘stupid’ and risky behaviour
However, she did not clarify if the train was moving at walking speed during the entire 60 minutes.
Shortly after sharing the photograph, the couple took to Instagram with a less risky image to insist that they would ‘never ever risk our safety or our health for the perfect pic’.
They added: ‘It’s true that it looks as if sometimes we are doing dangerous stuff walking on high walls, climbing on slippery rocks or hanging out of trains, but we’re always completely in control of the situation and appearances are not reality.
‘Here’s a less dangerous, don’t worry be happy kind of picture that represents our state of mind at the moment.’
Their passionate moment was taken while on board a popular train in Sri Lanka, which travels from Kandy to Ella and features stunning tea country scenery along the way.
In their original caption, they called the moment ‘one of our wildest kisses’, and said it perfectly described them as a couple.
The Belgian couple often share steamy photographs on their Instagram page @backpackdiariez, including this one from a trip to the Maldives
They travel around the world sharing photographs, including this snap from their April trip to Sri Lanka
They wrote that it was a moment of ‘blind trust’ in one another. But social media users were quick to blast the couple, suggesting it was ‘stupid’ and risky behaviour.
‘And this is how people die,’ one commented, while another wrote: ‘Wouldn’t call this adventure, but stupid, risking life for likes on Instagram.’
A third critic penned: ‘Another pic of people sacrificing themselves over a picture….ridiculous.’
Meanwhile, another branded it ‘foolish’ and highlighted how people shouldn’t encourage such pictures – as people will die trying to get ‘pics for the gram’.
‘This is literally how people are forever remembered as people who died posing for Instagram,’ an infuriated person wrote, while a further added: ‘Another pic of people sacrifacing themselves over a picture.’
Critics slammed the couple for the photograph, with many suggesting it could have resulted in a fatal accident
Warning of the dangers, one suggested they were concerned about ‘copy-cat’ style photographs and wrote: ‘Problem is a lot of young idiots will try to repeat it now’.
On the couple’s blog, they describe quitting corporate jobs in London last year in order to travel the world.
They officially started their Instagram in June 2017 as they travelled around South America on a five-month long trip. They finance their travels with social media collaborations as well as some freelance work.
Femail has approached Camille for comment.
Critics were hard on the couple, suggesting their stunt was ‘life threatening’ and could encourage copy-cats
Jean and Camille quit their corporate jobs in London in order to travel the world full time. They were slammed for their latest photograph
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