Who wore it best?: Melania Trump gets trolled for sporting Michael Jackson-style 'Smooth Criminal' suit on Egypt trip
Trust Melania Trump to make waves over social media with her fashion choices yet again. For all the wrong reasons. As per social media users, Melania seemed to have drawn inspiration from the late King of Pop himself this time, all geared up with her cream suit and hat combo. With some heavy Smooth Criminal vibes, Melania happened to recreate an iconic mirror image of Michael Jackson's look from the song as the 48-year-old posed in front of the pyramids in Egypt on October 6.
Dressed for a visit to the pyramids like a male character in a novel by E. M. Forster Melania Trump says she wishes people would “focus on what I do, not what I wear.” pic.twitter.com/8U4FPlt5hW— Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) October 6, 2018
The current First Lady of the United States and former model was enjoying a stop on her solo Africa tour, when she decided to team cream pants, a butterscotch-colored jacket with a white shirt and of course - the black tie. The look was put together and finished with a matching cream hat. And as expected, this led to Twitter enjoying a field day at the expense of her fashion choices. Soon they jumped to compare Melania's look to the classic 1930's inspired gangster suit that Jackson had worn in the 1988 music video for his hit number, "Smooth Criminal."
"I wish people wold focus on what I do and not what I wear," @FLOTUS tells me, wearing this. (photos by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty) pic.twitter.com/6KVWvYGNez— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) October 7, 2018
It didn't take fans long enough to post the two photos - of Jackson and Melania - side by side, coming up with both hilarious and not so nice memes upholding the comparison between the two. Along the lines of the particular song's lyrics, one person tweeted, “Melania, are you okay?” Another person mentioned, “Michael Jackson… resurrects!!!” And a certain group of fans took it to the next level, referring to Melania's controversial 2016 Republican National Convention speech where she was accused of stealing parts of her speech from that of the former First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama.
Hey @FLOTUS Melania, Michael Jackson just called; he wants you to give him back his outfit you stole from him. #SmoothCriminal pic.twitter.com/zdRZaTVPrG— 👻 🎃 Roxie🇨🇦 🎃 👻 #LeafsForever #LeafsNation (@Canadian_mom73) October 6, 2018
Referring to the controversy circling around her alleged plagiarism, and how Melania intentionally or unintentionally having recreated Jackson's look all these years later, one particular social media user pointed out: “Who wore it best?” Another stated: “It was a fashion statement when Michael Jackson wore it. Now it’s just another thing Melanie [sic] Trump plagiarized. #BeBest.” And then there were the ones comparing Melania to Colonel Saunders - the founder of the fast food franchise, Kentucky Fried Chicken. “She looks like the next spokesperson for KFC…” wrote a person.
Here’s a short thread on the history and significance of the pith helmet (as worn by Melania Trump in Kenya today). Media correctly describes the pith helmet as a symbol of colonial rule. But why did colonizers start wearing them in the first place? 1/ pic.twitter.com/2geloBtgOi— ⚽️ is a Country (@FutbolsaCountry) October 5, 2018
Incidentally enough, this is the second time in two days that Melania has been called out for her dreadful fashion choices on this very foreign trip itself. A day ago, on October 5, Melania was slammed for going on a safari ride through Nairobi National Park in Kenya while sporting a colonial style hat. Responding to the criticism she received, Melania told the press in Egypt, “I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear," reported CNN. She added, “I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear.”