Former first daughter Malia Obama may be used to all the attention since she grew up in the national spotlight but she is now a private citizen and is still hounded by the tabloids, a situation that both Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton have taken issue with.
Two separate stories about the 19-year-old college student have been in the tabloids and on conservative media lately and now voices from both sides of the political spectrum have demanded that the young woman be allowed some privacy.
“Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers,” Ivanka Trump tweeted. “She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits.”
Chelsea Clinton also had something to say as she has long been an advocate for privacy for the children who have been in the White House.
— Cyntoia Brown and the sickening criminalization of Black Women —
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
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
“Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait,” she posted on Twitter. “Be better.”
Clinton has also spoken out in defense of Barron Trump, 11, in the past after the boy was showered with unwanted attention.
Video published by the conservative media site The Daily Caller, along with other outlets, seemed to show Malia Obama smoking a cigarette. In other footage, she is kissing a boy at a tailgate party that was held for the annual Harvard-Yale football game.
When people saw Malia’s name was trending because of gossip headlines they were quick to make fun of the media for their choice in news stories.
Read some of the responses below.
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
BREAKING: Malia Obama is behaving like a normal college student.
— A (@_FriscoAng) November 21, 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
When 19 year old Malia Obama, a college freshman, is under more scrutiny for who she makes out with than old White male elected officials for assaulting women…something broke. pic.twitter.com/CObHNXNtv1
— Astrid Silva (@Astrid_NV) November 24, 2017