Kids should always be off-limits in the media, no matter who their parents are
Being in the public eye can cause a certain amount of unwanted attention that most regularly forgive because if someone is famous, they must come to “expect it.” But when that famous person is a child, all bets should be off.
Malia Obama came under attack this week after someone leaked photos of her smoking and kissing a boy to right-wing media outlets. Fortunately, she had many people in her corner, including some former and current first family members.
The Obama children are used to being in the spotlight. Older sister, Malia, spent her teenage years in front of the camera, scrutinized by the public. And though many feel it comes with the territory, she is now a private citizen and should be left alone to just be.
Tons of people have come out backing up the 19-year-old Harvard freshman and reminding folks on both sides of the fence how ridiculous it is to go after her. Among those who came to Obama’s defense were none other Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton. They both tweeted their support of Obama and disapproval that she was still the center of any public storyline.
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
“Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers,” Ivanka Trump said. “She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits.”
Chelsea Clinton, who has always been a voice for privacy for children of political figures, weighed in:
Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait. Be better.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 24, 2017
“Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait,” she wrote. “Be better.”
It seems Trump and Clinton weren’t the only ones coming to Obama’s defense:
Let Malia live.
— COMMON (@common) November 24, 2017
Some perspective pic.twitter.com/KUTXBnfOBW
— ˢᵃʳᵃʰ ˢᶜʰᵃᵘᵉʳ (@SJSchauer) November 24, 2017
I still can't blow smoke rings so good for Malia.
— Diamond Sharp (@diamonde) November 24, 2017
Malia Obama is a 19-year-old acting her age at Harvard. She balanced being a kid and being First Daughter extremely well, despite unethical pursuit by the media.
If conservatives are worried about America's teens, they should stop adult men from dating 14-year-old girls.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) November 24, 2017
When 19 year old Malia Obama, a college freshman, is under more scrutiny for who she makes out with than old White male elected officials for assaulting women…something broke. pic.twitter.com/CObHNXNtv1
— Astrid Silva (@Astrid_NV) November 24, 2017
mall santa: what do you want for christmas little boy
me: real friends for malia obama
— jaboukie young-white (@jaboukie) November 24, 2017
JFC is Malia Obama still trending? News flash: she wasn’t president, her dad was and she had no say in that decision. And he’s not president anymore. She’s a college student – leave her the fuck alone!
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) November 24, 2017
Malia Obama doesn't owe you shit.
— jordan (@JordanUhl) November 24, 2017
Hit me up when Malia Obama conspires against the US with Russia.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) November 24, 2017
Of course there are media outlets, and apparently some of her “friends” (who we shall only refer to as total asshats from this moment forward), that don’t believe what she does in her private life should remain private, which is beyond comprehension.
Wow. A college freshman is having some fun possibly smoking something and kissing a dude. Someone stop the presses — this is clearly breaking news. How dare she enjoy herself like that? Someone should really speak to her about acting her age.
This is obviously not the first time a president’s child has been dragged into the scrutiny and political life of his or her father. But there should be a line that doesn’t get crossed in the media — some things that should be off-limits. Children, both famous and not, should at minimum be a place to start.