First daughter Ivanka Trump and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton have expressed their disgust on social media against tabloids and conservative media, urging them not to encroach upon the 19-year-old former first daughter and a first-year Harvard student, Malia Obama’s, personal space and privacy.
Ivanka may not have spent as much time at the White House as Malia but she does understand the kind of media glare first daughters are always under. Her tweet defending Malia against the tabloids is testament to that fact. “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,” she wrote.
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
Not too long after the Republican first daughter’s social media comment, came the former Democrat first daughter’s tweet, also chiding the media for making Malia their “clickbait.”
“Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait. Be better,” read her tweet.
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
Conservative site The Daily Caller and certain other tabloids and media outlets uploaded a 30-second-long leaked video in which Malia appears to be making smoke rings.
Watch the video here
Another TMZ-published video and stills showed the 19-year-old kissing a young man – a Harvard student, as reported by some tabloids – at the annual Harvard-Yale football game.
“The makeout sesh is no big deal — just a freshman doing what freshmen do — but the fact Malia lit up a cigarette might not sit well with mom and pop. Remember, Michelle famously disapproved of Barack smoking,” wrote TMZ.
Watch the video here
And here are the stills.
It’s not the first time Chelsea Clinton has spoken out in defense of a first family member. In January this year, she had spoken out against the tabloids for publishing a piece ridiculing Trump’s 11-year-old son Barron Trump. “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid,” she wrote on Facebook and Twitter.
Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid. Standing up for every kid also means opposing @POTUS policies that hurt kids.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) January 22, 2017
This isn’t the first instance of Malia’s privacy being violated on social media. Back in October of 2015, online photos of her playing beer pong at a Brown University party, which was part of a college tour, were leaked online by the university’s students who apologized to her later.
Here’s how people reacted to the gossip on social media – the tweets were largely jibes directed at the media with some serious criticisms as well.
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
Saddened to wake up to the news that Malia Obama held secret meetings with Russians and subverted our democracy.
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) November 24, 2017
— TheGodsipGirl (@TheGodsipGirl) November 25, 2017
— Sean Ranno (@BigfootDecoy) November 24, 2017
Malia Obama kissed some cute guy named Rory Farquharson and was smoking. SOUNDS NORMAL TO ME! The problem is not her. The problem is people don’t respect #MaliaObama‘s privacy.
Malia is living her best life right now as an “adult” in “college”.
Go gurl! pic.twitter.com/qLMs4oE0pN
— Nicki 🤓 (@nickiknowsnada) November 24, 2017
As someone who smoked until Jan 9, 2003, I have no problem with #MaliaObama smoking and I applaud her ability to blow smoke rings. It’s a lost art.
— Tom Shattuck (@tomshattuck) November 25, 2017