“Leave the children out of political discourse”…unless they are Obama’s kids, Malia and Sasha Obama.

From The Daily Beast:

This weekend, at Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza music festival, Sasha was pictured kissing a young man named Matt Metzler. The picture, of course, has gone wide—along with the misguided notion that the Obamas are bad parents for letting their 16-year-old daughter kiss a boy at a music festival. It’s similar to the right-wing’s persecution of her older sister, Malia, where so-called reporters have stalked her at parties to get photos of her drinking and having fun.

An opinion piece posted on mediaite.com points out that “Social media accounts have obviously wasted no time in attacking Barrack and Michelle Obama for purported shortcomings in their parenting abilities, but worse yet, have set out to characterize Sasha and Malia as “bad seeds.” ”

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Michelle Obama

Malia Obama visits Village Camp Ederle at the American village as part of a tour of Italy.

The writer of the piece, Kylie Cheung, makes a valid point with: “Just generally speaking, teenage boys don’t have to be mindful of how they dress, of showing this or that and consequently being called this or that; they’re taunted for not drinking, smoking, or going to parties. Kissing girls and having fun don’t define whether or not they’re considered good, decent people.”

“This double standard applies to all teenage girls across the board, and this gendered scrutiny is only amplified for teenage girls in the public eye, and teenage girls who are the daughters of  political leaders.”

“Young women in general are forced to mature and grow up far earlier than their male counterparts, because their behavior is held to higher standards. At 39-years-old, Don Jr. is still President Trump‘s “good boy.” ”

“Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has argued there’s no way Trump’s 36-year-old son-in-law Jared Kushner could be guilty of colluding with Russia because he “looks like a high school senior.”

“The luxury of having any behavioral shortcomings — perceived and actual — dismissed with the good ol’ “boys will be boys” tagline from childhood through adulthood is one Sasha and Malia, who never chose to become first daughters, to enter the public eye, or severely constrain their social circles for their own safety, had to grow up without.”