Remember that time Malia Obama – President Obama’s oldest daughter – went on a college visit to Brown University and was caught playing beer pong on Snapchat? And how it circulated around the Internet because, hello, the president’s underage daughter was playing beer pong during a college visit, proving the frequently disputed fact that so-called “important people” are just like regular people?
In case you forgot, we’ll help you out:
Dude, you’re not going to win with that stance.
Anyway, now Brown University’s student-run paper The Brown Daily Herald is apologizing to the presidential spawn because everyone has a right to party without being overwhelmed by judgmental Internet trolls and gawking bystanders.
Here’s a glimpse at their official apology:
Articles [about Malia’s Brown tour] feature several tweets from Brown students excited about Malia’s visit. Some of the tweets include photographs of her that were clearly taken when she was not looking. Many of them mention her presence at a party, where she was seen taking shots and playing beer pong.
The motivation to take these pictures was obvious: being at a party with the president’s daughter was an exciting, unexpected moment that many of us wanted to share with our friends.
We often do not think about our tweets and Snapchats reaching anyone besides our friends and followers, and certainly not news outlets with wide circulation like Buzzfeed. Many Brown students were surprised and embarrassed to see themselves cited in the articles, as other Brown students posted them on Facebook with disappointed captions that criticized their peers for not simply leaving the 17-year-old alone on her college visit.
…It is a shame that Malia was unable to visit Brown and enjoy herself at a party without several news headlines coming out about it the next day. While it is understandable that so many students were excited about her visit, it is likely that few of us would enjoy having strangers take pictures of us while we were unaware and post them on the Internet.
Malia did not choose to grow up in the White House, and it is unfair that everything she does at just 17 years old is subject to such harsh scrutiny. While the chances of her selecting Brown have probably decreased since the publication of those articles, if she does ever come back to Brown, hopefully next time we will “have more chill.”
Brown University – you are officially deemed the most chill college in all the land. If she doesn’t pick you, it’s her loss!