First Lady Melania Trump is on a trip to Africa and recently stopped off in Nairobi, Kenya. During a routine photo call, she drew controversy for wearing a hat. It wasn’t just any hat, it was a white pith helmet, the kind that are associated with the European military which enforced colonial rule on the continent.
People on Twitter were all over it…
— pauleenmwalo (@pauleenmwalo) October 5, 2018
— Wendy M ??? (@Wendymoor) October 6, 2018
Invest in a cultural adviser. Wearing the hat of a colonialist/imperialist is not really cool… pic.twitter.com/tO9Sw8fFUi
— John Hachi (@lacsasr) October 6, 2018
Do you even read up on history of countries before you go there? I guess you thought it was the height of fashion to wear a pith helmet! How ignorant are you to the feelings of the people of Kenya. Pith helmet represents colonisation you dumb ignoramus! Show some sensitivity!
— Sandra Clapp ‘Scomophobia Patron’?????? (@ClappSandra) October 6, 2018
Melania Trump wearing a pith helmet on her trip to "Africa" is more than a silly sartorial choice. It's a reflection of her outdated understanding of Africa. (Also, she was photographed in safari attire multiple times on this trip.) #FLOTUSinAfricaBingo https://t.co/aCnkOnPBF8
— kim yi dionne (@dadakim) October 5, 2018
— Matt Carotenuto (@matt_carotenuto) October 5, 2018
And Melania had something to say about the controversy…
— The Hill (@thehill) October 7, 2018
People took her up on that challenge…
Very well, "Melanie": You pushed a birther conspiracy, you idly sat by while your hubby put kids in cages, attacked the disabled, immigrants, the Free Press and put a rapist and perjurer on the USSC. Happy now, Beloch?
— Howard (@HowardA_Esq) October 7, 2018
No one knows what you do. You certainly have not made an impact of any sort in the United States, so jetting off to places like Cairo to promote “be best” is ridiculous. I thought this admin was all about America first. PS- Flint would like clean water
— Stacey (@nursegalmom) October 8, 2018
I do focus on what she does….She does very little, and what little she has done, is mostly plagiarized.
— M. Chase (@Voicechyk) October 7, 2018
Yea ok Melanie. What exactly have you done? Your stop bullying campaign went so well while your husband threatens to jail all his political opponents and threatens journalists reporting his skullfuckery
— Steve (@S57Steve) October 7, 2018
People would focus on her accomplishments, if only there were any. @FLOTUS, you failed at the border with those children when you wore that coat, and now this. Melania needs help with protocol when she visits a foreign nation, or tries to "do good". #epicfail
— Heather R. (@sweetkeet) October 7, 2018
Me looking for what Melanie does tho pic.twitter.com/3n5mRIyOXp
— Duke of Rebuke (@DukeRebuke) October 7, 2018
And there was this unfortunate headline…
— ABC News (@ABC) October 7, 2018
Jeez. It’s incredibly hard to focus on what you do not what you wear when what you wear actually SAYS the opposite of what you say you do. pic.twitter.com/DrHOyBPys0
— Ben #RuleOfLaw Franklin Statue ?? (@nw_christina) October 7, 2018
So, she didn’t bring her jacket?
— WellBlessYourHeart (@PaulaVarnado) October 7, 2018
Ok, now I’m confused. Do you care or not? Does she think that she can announce the theme of her trip as “we care” and everyone will forget about this jacket? It’s almost insulting how dumb she must think we are. pic.twitter.com/y3BpM4ykzz
— Ricky Spanish (@dskeens67) October 7, 2018