“This is not normal.” Those are the four words that have become a mantra of the activists against the Trump administration. While some media sites like Fashionista and Jezebel have taken a stand against posting fluff pieces on the Trumps, others like People have come under fire for normalizing the first family. Now, with a new statement from Anna Wintour, Vogue has fallen into the latter category.
“We have a tradition of always covering whoever is the first lady at Vogue and I can’t imagine that this time would be any different,” the editor-in-chief told The Wall Street Journal (via Refinery 29). It’s a fair point, given that all eyes are on Melania Trump and that the fashion community has LOTS of opinions on dressing her.
Not everyone is on board though. Social media users were quick to slam the fashion bible for its decision.
Others, however, didn’t see the harm in covering FLOTUS.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Vogue has encountered backlash after featuring a first lady. In 2011, just before the outbreak of the Syrian protests (and consequent civil war), Vogue published a profile on Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian president Bashir al-Assad. At the time, President al-Assad was already on watch by the global human rights community for several violations, including a torture and detention program that killed many political enemies — none of which was ever mentioned in the Vogue profile. At first, Vogue editors defended the piece, saying that it was a way of “opening a window into this world a little bit.” But after weeks of vitriol and backfire, they removed the piece from the website.
Within his first three weeks in office, the president has issued an incendiary travel ban (which a court of appeals unanimously refused to reinstate), thrown relations with foreign allies into a frenzy, approved construction on two highly protested pipelines, entered murky ethical waters with his family and businesses, fired the attorney general who said she would not uphold his ban, blocked funding for foreign aid that provides abortions to those in need, triggered a counter-terrorism strike in Yemen that killed civilians, ordered a media blackout of the EPA, told the country to “pray” for The Apprentice‘s TV ratings and had his counselor break the law by endorsing his daughter’s clothing line during an interview.
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