First Lady Jill Biden’s ‘fishnet’ stockings kick off online controversy

Lifestyle6 Apr, 2021 01:47 AM4 minutes to readFirst Lady Jill Biden has found herself in the middle of a hosiery drama. Photo / APWho knew a pair of stockings could be so controversial.Probably not First Lady of the United States Jill Biden, whose choice of tights over the Easter weekend has kicked off a frenzied debate on social media.Dr Biden was photographed arriving back at Andrews Air Force Base following a trip to California on Thursday night.The educator was wearing a stylish all-black outfit that included a face mask, ankle boots, a skirt with a leather detailing and patterned tights.Jill Biden’s fishnet stockings are receiving mixed reactions— New York Post (@nypost) April 5, 2021

🟥 REPUBLICANS on JILL BIDEN: “This is how it starts, America! First she’s wearing patterned hosiery that we call ‘fishnet stockings’ because we don’t know what those are, next thing you know she’s sending emails and trying to get healthcare for everybody”— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) April 5, 2021

So Jill Biden wore some fancy stockings, but we’re just going to forget about when Melania literally wasn’t even Melania?— Lev Parnas & Igor Fruman LLC💎 (@KurisuS) April 5, 2021

Republicans have expressed greater concern over Jill Biden’s stockings than Matt Gaetz’s underage girlfriend.— Scott Charles (@TheScottCharles) April 5, 2021

Several detractors — who didn’t appear to be fans of the Joe Biden presidency to begin with — accused the First Lady of looking “trashy” in the tights.Another tweeted that Dr Biden looked like “Madonna’s grandmother” and was “too old” to be wearing an outfit like that.”They might be expensive but she looks trashy as heck dressed like that. What an embarrassment of 1st lady,” one person tweeted.But there were more people defending her outfit and comparing the flap to other overblown White House fashion moments.”Jill Biden’s fishnet stockings, Barack Obama’s tan suit, Michelle Obama’s sleeveless dress. Yes, these are the biggest scandals in American politic,” one person tweeted.”Apparently people are mad that Jill Biden wore ‘fishnets’. These are not even fishnets, people. They’re just patterned tights,” another person wrote.Related articlesDr Biden is the first wife of a US President to work full-time while in the White House. She holds a doctorate in education and is a professor of English.First ladies and fashionUS First Ladies have long faced scrutiny and often criticism for their outfit choices.Michelle Obama was famous for wearing sleeveless dresses that showed off her toned arms, but some detractors labelled them too informal and inappropriate during the cooler months.Meanwhile, during Donald Trump’s presidency, Melania Trump’s outfits were frequently the source of attention.During the 2016 election, following the release of the infamous “grab them by the pussy” tape, Melania wore a blouse featuring a pussy-bow neckline to her next public event.She also stoked anger with her “I don’t really care, do u?” jacket, which she wore during a visit to a migrant child detention centre in 2018.Uh huh— Jaynie’s Got a Bun (@FreeGirlNowNYC) March 30, 2021

After being accused of using it sending a message on migration, Melania Trump came out and clarified that the jacket had been a message not directed to those in detention, but to the “people and for the left-wing media who are criticising me”.

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