Kellyanne Conway is back in the headlines this morning, and it has to do with the way she sat on a sofa.
On Monday, she was present during a meeting between President Donald Trump and the presidents of historically Black universities and colleges (HBCUs) at the Oval Office.
The photo from the meeting, published by the French news agency Agence France-Presse went viral on Twitter Monday night. Why? Well, it showed Conway checking her phone, sitting casually on a sofa with her legs tucked under her. And she apparently was still wearing her shoes.
Kellyanne Conway checks her phone after taking a photo of President Donald Trump and leaders of black universities, colleges in Oval Office pic.twitter.com/MgVhCoJFuC
— AFP news agency (@AFP) February 28, 2017
Shoes on the couch in the Oval Office pic.twitter.com/h2MXUocEar
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) February 28, 2017
Oh my. pic.twitter.com/25NOvORSXt
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 28, 2017
Sure, Kellyanne, just make yourself right at home???? On an Oval Office couch??? With all those people there?????? Why not???? https://t.co/D71pExU0Xr
— lindsey marie (@thekuhlest) February 28, 2017
Some thought it was disrespectful she would sit so casually in the presence of the HBCU presidents, because it’s unlikely she would do something similar in front of a group of white leaders.
These are HBCU presidents. they lead colleges and shape young minds Kellyanne is being disrespectful AF texting with her feet up https://t.co/g83Mb43Vtt
— Robin C. McClary (@celestemc) February 28, 2017
Now, you can’t expect us to take this “meeting” seriously when this is the setting. pic.twitter.com/IAx34PlliM
— deray mckesson (@deray) February 28, 2017
I title this picture “Hidden Fences.”
The same lack of respect for Black excellence that causes that mixup is what has Conway so casual. pic.twitter.com/MaAqESV8ZY
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) February 28, 2017
In this photo exists every comment on race and on respectability to be had on earth pic.twitter.com/5E2Q38dxaX
— Theodore R. Johnson (@T_R_Johnson_III) February 28, 2017
Naturally, some Twitter users poked fun at Conway by making reference to the Bowling Green Massacre fiasco from earlier this month.
Kellyanne Conway in the Oval Office after losing both her legs in the Bowling Green Massacre. pic.twitter.com/eOj9fZ9OCh
— E (@esheikh_) February 28, 2017
It’s ridiculous people are upset with Kellyanne’s feet in the Oval Office when families are still mourning the massacre at Bowling Green.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) February 28, 2017
Others pointed out this is an incident that would never happen in the house of Black grandmothers. They would have a fit if they saw Conway sitting like that on the couch. (I may add that in the house of Latina abuelas this wouldn’t fly either.)
The ancestors put plastic on the furniture just for women like Kellyanne Conway. pic.twitter.com/oM7a9uu4MH
— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) February 28, 2017
Michelle Obama’s momma made Barack keep the plastic on the White House couch because of people like Kelly Anne Conway. pic.twitter.com/yp0Xk83Jif
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 28, 2017
But in all seriousness, some people pointed out how Republicans harshly criticized former president Barack Obama’s relaxed demeanor during his time in the Oval Office. Pictures of Obama with his feet in the desk also went viral and many people weren’t particularly happy about that.
remember when republicans used to flip out over obama oval office decorum pic.twitter.com/bGU4F7mlbX
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) February 28, 2017
As conservatives defend classless Kellyanne Conway in Oval Office don’t forget they blew a gasket when a black man put his feet ON HIS DESK pic.twitter.com/kgOZbc0Rkr
— Jonathan Jewel (@jonathanjewel) February 28, 2017
Were people online making a mountain out of a molehill? Depending on who you ask, yes and no. But if we can be sure of something, there’s no shortage of memes coming out of the Trump administration.
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