I never thought I’d be defending Melania Trump, but I guess it’s been a weird year.
The former-model turned FLOTUS has taken her position now, replacing the formidable Michelle Obama, and we’re all a bit dumbstruck.
Literally, I mean DUMB-struck. Because it seems “dumb” is the go-to insult for the wife of Donald Trump and we’re striking blows with it like we can’t stop.
When she first appeared with Donald on the campaign trail, she captured enormous interest: an Eastern European beauty beyond compare, whose secretive history included nude photos. She played the silent type which only increased our interest. And then her One Big Speech, her only speech throughout the campaign, was found to have been plagiarised from the worst person possible: the Democratic first lady, Michelle Obama.
And yeah, the jokes were fun for a bit. I watched along and laughed too.
But now Melania Trump has been firmly cast as a gold-digging bimbo with an incomprehensible accent who is silent, meek, and dumb.
In a week when the hashtag #rapemelania was trending on twitter, and Gigi Hadid’s impersonation blew up the American Music Awards, the mocking has been relentless. Mean girl memes have dominated.
I know I sound like the fun police here, but can I just ask why we hate her so much?
Because she’s beautiful? Because she’s different? Because she posed nude in a magazine, decades ago? Because she married someone she met and fell in love with?