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I’m going to keep this short and sweet.  This came across my Facebook feed today.

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This is bullying.  If you can’t see that, I suggest you break out the Windex and spring clean all the reflecting surfaces in your house.

This is racist.  If you can’t see that, I suggest you look up the definition of Hoochie Mama.

This is disrespectful to the position of the First Lady as Hostess of the White House, her position as an all-around ambassador of worthy causes, her position as the mother of two young girls who can be hurt to see their mother ridiculed for what she wears or how she cuts her hair, her position as the wife of the President of the United States (other countries are watching us behave like middle-schoolers, people), and ultimately, it is disrespectful on the most basic of levels – to her position as a member of the human race.

If you pass this meme along, in my book you are acting like a bully and a racist.  It is one thing to have these thoughts pass through your mind and another to pass them along to others.  We teach our children that if they don’t have anything nice to say about someone’s appearance, then SAY NOTHING.

Is it any wonder that we have a bullying crisis in our schools when the adults are acting this way?  More importantly, as women, it is our job to teach girls, young ladies, other women and the men who delight in seeing us beat up on each other about the way we “look” that this IS UNACCEPTABLE! 

Yes, I know that the people who “connect” with this meme are going to try and divert attention away from the bullying and toward the whole economics of the First Lady taking her daughters to the Kids’ Choice Awards.  To them I say, “we aren’t all as stupid as the creator of this meme.”  Reasonable people do not expect that ANY president or his wife, regardless of political affiliation, is going to imprison his or her children in the White House for four or eight years because it necessarily costs money (secret service, Air Force One, etc.) for them to venture out.  And the taxpayer does not pay for the First Lady’s wardrobe; that is a red herring.

Recent events are proof positive that it doesn’t matter what the First Lady wears or does, it will grate on small minded people’s nerves.  From the Oscars, to the Kids’ Choice Awards, to the critics’ comments on her $35 dress from Target, the First Lady is the bulls-eye for political bullies.  I suggest those of you participating in this behavior “get over yourselves” and realize that you are sending out a message that it is O.K. to bully people you don’t like or don’t agree with; a message that kids are quick to emulate.

By the way, here is a more flattering picture of the First Lady in the same outfit.

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And this is my final word to those of you who pass this hatefulness around.

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