In what was titled as an apology, but came off more as entitlement and justification, the editorial board at the Brown Daily Herald has issued an “apology” of sorts to Malia Obama for having “no chill” when she visited the campus on a college tour.
The students acknowledged how stressful it must be to be The First Daughter, then went on to repeat the tweets from students claiming that Obama was “taking shots” and playing beer-pong.”
Why they would suggest that Obama was participating in underage (read: illegal) drinking as a way to apologize to her is beyond us, but it reads like privileged shade.
Read the letter below:
The college application and selection process is stressful for most students who go through it, but one can only imagine how much the stress multiplies when the whole nation is watching. That is what Malia Obama is experiencing right now. News outlets as prominent as the New York Times are covering her touring process, and students at elite colleges across the country cross their fingers and chat over dining hall food about how cool it would be to go to the same school as President Obama’s daughter.
As most Brown students know by now, the weekend before last was Brown’s turn on the tour. Students who left campus for the long weekend can read about her stay on Buzzfeed or the Daily Dot, two of several news sources that have picked up coverage of her visit from students’ social media. The Daily Dot accurately summarized the experience when it entitled its article “Brown University had no chill when Malia Obama came to visit.”
Both articles feature several tweets from Brown students excited about Malia’s visit. Some of the tweets include photographs of her that were clearly taken when she was not looking. Many of them mention her presence at a party, where she was seen taking shots and playing beer pong.
The motivation to take these pictures was obvious: being at a party with the president’s daughter was an exciting, unexpected moment that many of us wanted to share with our friends.
We often do not think about our tweets and Snapchats reaching anyone besides our friends and followers, and certainly not news outlets with wide circulation like Buzzfeed. Many Brown students were surprised and embarrassed to see themselves cited in the articles, as other Brown students posted them on Facebook with disappointed captions that criticized their peers for not simply leaving the 17-year-old alone on her college visit.
Yeah, we think it’s more likely the Brown administration voiced their disappointment, thus this letter.
Read more at the Brown Daily Herald.