We (and the rest of the world) have eagerly been devouring the Obama ladies’ fashions like a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. And while there’s been some mild criticism when Michelle wears something that any normal celeb would, most of the world has taken the role of friendly fan. Yet, things became serious this weekend when it wasn’t Michelle, but Malia under the spotlight. And let’s just say things got really, really ugly.As Barack Obama was campaigning at the G8 summit for Russia’s reduction of its nuclear weapons, so too was his eldest daughter, Malia. Stepping out in Italy in this shirt, Malia began expressing her own views. While from a fashion standpoint, the peace sign might simply conjure images of hippies in long hair and baggy clothes, it was born in 1958 as the official logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. But it would seem that Malia’s wardrobe choice wasn’t so informed so much by style, but rather political agenda, because the 11-year-old wore a peace sign shirt on two different occasions. (Props for fearlessly repeating styles.)
Unfortunately, some saw Malia’s shirt as an opportunity to vent hate, and in some cases, extreme racism. After the photo was posted on a conservative blog called “Free Republic,” commenters went wild: “A typical street whore.” “A bunch of ghetto thugs.” “Ghetto street trash.” “Wonder when she will get her first abortion.” These hateful accusations appear to be the completely random, wild rantings of people with some serious amounts of pent-up rage.
There were, however, some who expressed support of the shirt. Reports the U.K.’s Guardian, “A CND spokesman expressed delight at seeing the logo on a member of the first family: “Perhaps Malia has been the driving force behind the administration’s push towards a new disarmament deal? We’ll get an ‘I’d-rather-grow-up-than-blow-up’ T-shirt in the post to her straight away.”
While we find the hate discourse to be utterly inexcusable, we have to wonder if the Obama children should be voicing their political opinions just yet? If not to keep business and personal life separate, then surely to avoid another episode like this again. What do you think? [Gawker.com, Guardian]