By Kathleen Ramirez |Staff Writer|
I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across a meme of Michelle Obama and Melania Trump side by side, one in a conservative black dress cut off at the shoulders and one in a bra and thong holding a gun.
By now most of you know that the media is having a field day comparing these leading ladies and pinning them against one another.
It can be hard not to let one’s own political bias overshadow the more important issues at hand, especially when it comes to the circus that our current election has become.
With that being said, it personally sickens me when people lash out and judge Obama’s appearance so harshly when our other candidate, Melania whom is a former model is portrayed as classy.
“Seems silly that people are focusing on the first ladies’ wardrobe or Melania Trump’s speeches when there are bigger issues at stake, but it is cruel to compare the two and discriminate against Michelle Obama for her attire and turn a blind eye to the provocative pictures of Melania,” said student Christine Avila.
Virginia voter Bobbie Lussier crudely attacks the first lady claiming she shows too much skin, her arms in particular stating, “It’s just she just doesn’t act and look like first lady,” according to the Huffington Post.
Some people let their non-partisan bias overtake them and resort to making such derogatory comments.
In the grand scheme of things, what they are wearing should not matter, their message is what is most important.
The public is so quick to publicly shame the first lady for showing off her shoulders and then completely disregard Melania’s former modeling career in which she exposes her body completely.
Is there anything wrong with this?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Melania being a former model.
I think that is fine.
What is upsetting is that there seems to be this double standard no one is addressing.
Putting physical appearances aside, let’s discuss who is really suited to be the first lady from an intellectual standpoint.
Michelle is a Princeton graduate, a former Chicago city administrator and community outreach worker, according to Biography.com
Melania attended University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and studied design and photography for one year before dropping out and pursuing her modeling career, according to the Huffington Post.
“I think Michelle Obama is an extremely intelligent woman and is by far more qualified to be the first lady,” said student Jacob Ramos.
It baffles me that our country is more concerned about what our leading ladies of America look like or how they dress, rather than what their stance on political issues are.
Why is it seen as more acceptable for Trump to be wearing hardly anything?
The conservative party has berated Michelle from the moment she became the first lady and I cannot help but think that it is strictly based on racist and sexist prejudices.
They turned a blind eye and ignore the nude photos of Trump that are out there and attack Obama every chance they get.
Whether Michelle wears a dress that reveals her arms or if Melania is a former model is irrelevant.
We should be more interested in their knowledge and commitment to political and humanitarian efforts.
As usual, the hypocrisy does not end with politics.