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Fri Oct 5, 2018, 02:54 PM

Melania is Clueless in Kenya

I'm surprised she didn't ask to see Obama's birthplace!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/05/melania-trump-in-pith-helmet-on-kenya-safari-likened-to-colonialist

Melania Trump has prompted consternation, some anger and much derision by choosing a pith helmet – a symbol of colonial rule across Africa – as headwear for a brief safari in Kenya.

On the penultimate day of her tour of the continent – her first solo trip overseas – the first lady visited an orphanage in Nairobi before heading to a national park near the city.

Dressed in riding pants, boots and a spotless white pith helmet, the former model climbed into an open-air vehicle for the safari, taking photos on her iPhone of zebras, giraffes, impalas, rhinos and hippos.

She also stopped at a site where 105 tons of ivory was burned as part of an effort to discourage the trade.

But it was the headgear that attracted most attention. Pith helmets – so-called because they are made of the material sholapith – were worn by European explorers and imperial administrators in Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East in the 19th century before being adopted by military officers, rapidly becoming a symbol of status – and oppression.

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Reply Melania is Clueless in Kenya (Original post)
VMA131Marine Oct 2018 OP
BeyondGeography Oct 2018 #1
Achilleaze Oct 2018 #36
JHan Oct 2018 #2
BigDemVoter Oct 2018 #3
TeapotInATempest Oct 2018 #9
Wounded Bear Oct 2018 #30
madaboutharry Oct 2018 #4
TlalocW Oct 2018 #13
PatSeg Oct 2018 #17
procon Oct 2018 #5
LakeArenal Oct 2018 #10
hatrack Oct 2018 #6
ProudLib72 Oct 2018 #7
jberryhill Oct 2018 #11
ProudLib72 Oct 2018 #15
jberryhill Oct 2018 #18
underpants Oct 2018 #8
dameatball Oct 2018 #32
Demit Oct 2018 #12
Wounded Bear Oct 2018 #31
NRaleighLiberal Oct 2018 #14
suffragette Oct 2018 #16
liberaltrucker Oct 2018 #19
Totally Tunsie Oct 2018 #20
Totally Tunsie Oct 2018 #21
Totally Tunsie Oct 2018 #22
gratuitous Oct 2018 #23
struggle4progress Oct 2018 #24
kskiska Oct 2018 #25
SallyHemmings Oct 2018 #26
dembotoz Oct 2018 #27
lamsmy Oct 2018 #28
Gidney N Cloyd Oct 2018 #33
IluvPitties Oct 2018 #29
mnhtnbb Oct 2018 #34
greatauntoftriplets Oct 2018 #35
spanone Oct 2018 #37

Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 02:55 PM

1. Not The Onion?

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 06:48 PM

36. Icy Pithy Princess (KGOP republican)

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 02:57 PM

2. so worst first lady in recent memory then.

or maybe forever.

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 02:58 PM

3. She's clueless in America too. And she was clueless in Europe. . .

Wait. . . She's clueless EVERYWHERE.

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Response to BigDemVoter (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:03 PM

9. I was JUST about to say that!

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Response to BigDemVoter (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 05:05 PM

30. No shit, no reason to be so specific...

She's the epitome of arm candy.

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:00 PM

4. Isn't there an advance team?

I would think someone’s job is to know these things. Oh, wait...

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:07 PM

13. If there were

Do you honestly think Trump or his wife would care?

TlalocW

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:17 PM

17. That's what I was thinking

Presidents and their families aren't expected to know everything about different countries and cultures, but they are usually surrounded with well informed advisers. Apparently not the case with the Trumps. The whole administration is dysfunctional.

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:00 PM

5. She looks like a plastic manequin. Nt

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Response to procon (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:04 PM

10. Ssssssh. She is a plastic mannequin. Sssh

The real Melania is long gone. They don’t want you to know.

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:01 PM

6. Did she have a riding crop and a monocle as well?

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:02 PM

7. She's a little shit

Knock that helmet off her head!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:06 PM

11. No, pith


Pith and shit are two different things, thilly.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #11)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:08 PM

15. Thanks for the pithy explanation

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #15)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:17 PM

18. Happy to be of thervice

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:03 PM

8. She probably can't wait to get back to her gardening

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Response to underpants (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 05:09 PM

32. Maybe she can grow some mushrooms....or toadstools

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:06 PM

12. How do we know it wasn't on purpose?

 

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Response to Demit (Reply #12)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 05:06 PM

31. Well, we know she really doesn't care...

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:07 PM

14. Sounds like a movie comedy. "Clueless in Kenya"

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:09 PM

16. Clueless or purposeful? Choice of the pith helmet seems consistent with choice of jacket with

writing on it. In both cases, giving a nonverbal message about where and with whom she stands.

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:31 PM

19. Subject line is 2 words too long

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Response to liberaltrucker (Reply #19)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:37 PM

20. You read my mind...

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 03:39 PM

21. Is there toilet paper on her boot?

Looks like "the staff" hates her as much as chubby hubby.

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 04:01 PM

22. She should have just recycled THIS one.

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Response to Totally Tunsie (Reply #22)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 04:07 PM

23. At least she remembered to wear clothes

That's been a problem for her at times.

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 04:15 PM

24. Coming up next:

Melania tours holocaust sites, wearing traditional ancient Nordic costume

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 04:23 PM

25. Whenever she visits dirty, dusty, or muddy environments

she chooses to wear spotless white, like her brand new white sneakers she wore to view hurricane damage. She thinks she's on a Vogue photo shoot.

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 04:33 PM

26. Reading big words...

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 04:34 PM

27. she thought she was gonna meet with obama in his hometown

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 05:02 PM

28. I live in Kenya

Tourists often wear the most ridiculous faux safari gear when visiting Africa. I have no idea why they think costumes are necessary. And Americans are by far the most prone to this bizarre behaviour. Do Americans put on lederhosen and dirndls when in Germany?

But this white pith helmet takes the cake. Not only is it offensive, its just plain dumb. Safari drives mean driving for hours on rough, dusty tracks. Just another grotesquely inappropriate outfit from this clueless woman.



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Response to lamsmy (Reply #28)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 05:17 PM

33. You make me think of the Griswolds...


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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 05:03 PM

29. White nationalism.

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 05:19 PM

34. Melania is clueless everywhere. Why should Kenya be different?

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 06:21 PM

35. I hope that an elephant pithes on that helmet.

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Response to VMA131Marine (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2018, 06:58 PM

37. she watched some tarzan movies before she went.

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