There's really only one big rule that everyone should follow when it comes to uploading pictures to social media: Always. Check. The Background. If you don't, it can lead to disaster.
That rule applies to everyone, but it's especially important for people in the public eye. When you're a celebrity or a politician (or a reality TV celebrity who has somehow become a politician), you really need to be hypervigilant about the photos you share. You may think you can just delete the problematic photos and go on your merry way, but when you're famous, those photos basically last forever and will pretty much haunt you forever.
Earlier this week, Ivanka Trump posted a few photos of her husband and son enjoying some time out on the water. Unfortunately for her, she broke the cardinal rule of social media posts, and the Internet went a little bonkers.
At first glance, Ivanka's post is perfectly innocuous.
To any kid, this fish is a trophy! 🐟 🎣 🏆 https://t.co/wSpMZ0aFkQ— Ivanka Trump (@Ivanka Trump)1514303280.0
Again, most of them are perfectly innocuous.
via: TwitterHere's one of her husband Jared Kushner with their son and the trophy-level fish they caught together. Adorable!
Here's one of the two of them smiling on the boat. Also adorable!
via: TwitterLook, we may not be huge fans of the Trump family and all the treason they appear to be involved in, but even we can't deny that this is a nice picture of a cute kid hanging out with his dad.
Here's a picture of Jared Kushner helping his son catch that trophy of a fish:
via: TwitterAgain, it's adorable. It's actually something of a relief to see a member of Trump's extended family acting like a normal person. Let's all enjoy this moment, shall we?
Finally, here's one final photo of Kushner and his son.
via: TwitterThey're happy! Being out on the boat is great! Sunglasses, sun hats, and a life vest are all in use — safety is important! But wait a second. What's that in the background? Let's take a closer look...
Oh. It's a boat flying a Confederate flag.
via: TwitterCooooooool. Cool cool cool. It's a symbol of racism, and it's in a photo that was uploaded by the daughter of the President of the United States of America. Not a great look, Ivanka!
Well, this is awkward.OK, we do want to be perfectly clear: That boat of racist people is nearly 100 percent, for sure not Ivanka's boat. Her father may be racist (and homophobic, and Islamophobic, etc.), but we don't think Ivanka had any intention of uploading a picture of a Confederate flag to Twitter.
For this #christmas @IvankaTrump & #JaredKushner are hanging out with the kids... Confederate flag adjacent. https://t.co/kWHgDLtkff— SusannePosel (@SusannePosel)1514346971.0
Plenty of people have stepped up in defense of Ivanka for uploading the picture.
@OccuCorporatism @IvankaTrump I despise the Trumps as much as the next decent human being, but I have to say that this is a bit of a reach.— Cliff Smith (@Cliff Smith)1514376508.0