After somebody leaked video of Malia Obama making smoke rings while standing in what appears to be a bathroom, Ivanka Trump tweeted out this:
Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers. She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 24, 2017
Jezebel Magazine got into the mix as well with a headline: Leave Malia Obama alone.
Now, I’ll be honest with you.
I think Ivanka is right, Malia should be off limits.
The children of politicians didn’t choose this life. And so long as they are living a private life, we should leave them alone.
But when I say I agree that Malia Obama should be off limits, I mean off limits to everybody – even those who insist on treating her like a celebrity.
We don’t need to see her grumpy face splashed across magazines or Entertainment Tonight.
I did a search on Malia’s name at Jezebel. And they themselves haven’t left Malia alone. They wrote about her Lalapalooza behavior. And they reported on Malia getting an 18th birthday song from Kendrick Lamar (whoever the hell that is).
Hell, Jezebel even declared Malia and Sasha Obama two of the most relatable heroines of 2015.
The reason people feel like Malia Obama is fair game has a lot to do with the fact that she’s been elevated to celebrity status by an Obama-loving media – including Jezebel who now says “leave Malia Obama alone.”
So you can’t on the one hand, quiver like a spastic colon while eagerly reporting on Malia getting serenaded on her 18th birthday. Then, on the other hand, demand that we leave her alone.
If you want Malia Obama left alone, you first.
She’s not a celebrity. And she’s not a public figure.
So stop treating her like one.
Personally, I would be delighted if we never heard from or saw Malia Obama ever again.
But that has more to do with my loathing of the media’s “Tiger Beat-esque” obsession with all four of the Obamas.
Since the very beginning, the media has treated the Obamas like matinee idols.
And the consequence of turning them into celebrities is that now people feel as if they all are fair game.
So, fine. Let’s leave Malia alone. But I will wait until the media goes first.
And if in the future Malia Obama decides to shove herself into the spotlight the way Chelsea Clinton has, then all bets are off.
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