Let’s be real — right now, there’s a lot to be upset about in our world. Yesterday, though, a lot of people channeled their anger in an unusual direction. What were they upset about? The fact First Lady Melania Trump wore high heels as she and President Trump left the White House to visit hurricane-ravaged East Texas.
NBC News reporter Peter Alexander tweeted a shot of the President and First Lady departing the White House en route to Corpus Christi. The couple was walking to the Marine One helicopter, which would then fly them to the airport where Airforce One was waiting.
JUST IN: The Trumps departing White House en route to hurricane zone. pic.twitter.com/a2s8uma7qd
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) August 29, 2017
Twitter users immediately noticed the First Lady’s high heels, which are not exactly a good shoe choice for a disaster zone (let alone while walking across the grass to a waiting helicopter).
Hurricane Barbie to the rescue. Or is this EMT Squad Barbie? Fire Rescue Barbie?
— Circus Max 🍄 (@ShouldRemain) August 29, 2017
Twitter went off and comments quickly rolled in
God grant me the serenity not to comment on the shoes.
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) August 29, 2017
I wouldn't normally comment on Melania's shoes but I'm not sure if this is what you wear to go meet ppl who've lost all of their belongings https://t.co/TP3YYgPIwj
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) August 29, 2017
And here we have Melania Trump modeling what NOT to wear to a hurricane: 5-inch stilettos.
How out of touch can you be? pic.twitter.com/tZR8o3dYxY
— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 29, 2017
As far as optics go, wearing expensive heels to a hurricane is probably not the best way to show the people who lost everything that you’re sympathetic. But in the scheme of things, it’s also a pretty minor thing to be upset about, as several Twitter users emphasized.
My thoughts on Melania and her shoes 👠
(sorry peeps, I really struggle in the 140 characters or less). pic.twitter.com/bQqhxMWxye
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) August 29, 2017
There are many reasons the Trump administration concerns me…Melania Trump's shoes aren't one of them. Not today kids.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 29, 2017
There's a ton of legitimate shit worthy of outrage right now. The shoes that Melania Trump wears on a flight to Texas isn't one of them.
— Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin) August 29, 2017
I don’t blame anyone for giving the First Lady’s footwear choice the side eye. I often take my feelings out on the little things when I am upset and overwhelmed by larger issues. And then I find the people who make jokes, because laughter is the best medicine.