People are reacting to Melania Trump’s controversial Zara jacket with a style statement of their own.
On Thursday, the first lady traveled to Texas to visit migrant children wearing a hooded Zara jacket with the message “I really don’t care, do u?” scrawled on the back in big white letters. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, denied that there was any “hidden message” in the clothing choice, while President Trump later tweeted that the dismissive note was an attack on “fake news media.”
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
The conflicting statements have done little to quell the outrage over the jacket’s message, with critics calling it tone-deaf and offensive in light of the highly divisive family separation policy unfolding at the Texas-Mexico border.
Amidst speculation that FLOTUS — who typically wears high-priced designer outfits — purposely wore the 2-year-old, $39 jacket to register to send a message, many people are fashioning their own apparel announcing that they do, in fact, care about the migrant children being detained at the border. Actress Busy Philipps was among those DIY-ing their wardrobes to fire back.
To quote one protester: “Sometimes the only response is a crafty one.”
I made a shirt! Because I do care deeply. I hope you do, too. Not caring is super lame, once you're past the age of oh, say 12? Go to familiesbelongtogether.org to learn more about how you can help in this humanitarian crisis happening right now in our country. And show up November 6. #endfamilyseparation #familiesbelongtogether
A post shared by Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on Jun 21, 2018 at 5:57pm PDT
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Melania Trump may not care about migrant children, but we do. We’ve created a response button and are donating proceeds to the ACLU, which is working to provide legal aid to immigrants at the border. You can buy these now on our website or Etsy. Also available in select stores in DC, so far: @propertopper in DuPont. Will update this post with list of stores as we add more. . . . . (ICYMI, Melania wore a raincoat today that had ‘i really don’t care, do you? On her way to visit the migrant children prison camps, see pic #4&5, link to story on our website)
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Meanwhile, some fashion brands are using the PR disaster to raise awareness. Both Lingua Franca and Wildfang have created anti-apathy pieces, with proceeds going to RAICES, which provides immigrants with legal and education services.
Hey @flotus, we care a lot! Can’t believe this administration. 🤬🤯😡😱 #wecarealot #familiesbelongtogether (order this in any color by emailing us and, as always, we’ll donate $100 in your name to any charity. Might we recommended @raicestexas or @ACLU?)
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