Since the Thanksgiving holiday is over, you know what that means– it's practically Christmas. We hope you adequately stuffed your bellies with turkey and your trunks with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but now it's back to reality for the next two weeks, until the next holiday food-induced coma.
This morning the White House published a cheerful Christmas decoration video, and everyone from suburban moms to hipster millennials began raising their eyebrows. It's basically Christmas Cup Controversy 2.0 (so a non-controversy that's overblown and everyone will forget about in a month), and what better venue than the White House, which can't seem to get anything right. Luckily this time it's not Donald Trump putting good girls and boys in Christmas cages, but rather his wife Melania who's sparking the controversy.
But to her credit, no one has ever accused her of not caring.
Check out the video below to see if you can catch what people are so upset about.Did you catch it? Maybe it was hard to see, there was quite a lot going on in that video. (I'm joking.)
Maybe you guessed that it was Melania looking longingly at this ornament of the West Coast.If you guessed that, you'd be wrong– although I do feel bad for Melania. She's clearly dreaming about going to the most liberal part of the US because Trump would never look for her there.
Maybe it was this shot of Melania admiring this cutout of Obama's hometown of Chicago.Again, not quite what everyone seems to be freaking out about, but still weird. Melania, please stay away, Chicago is a sacred place.
Okay, what about those weird red trees?Yes! The weird trees. You know, those weird red trees Melania walked through like she was walking through Willy Wonka's factory. The First Lady had this photograph on her Instagram page before later deleting it.
So why are people upset?
I wasn't kidding about that movie reference.
“Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters” (Stephen King) #whitehousechristmas https://t.co/e0upFvcIje— Quinntronics (@Quinntronics)1543252812.0
Here's another prime example of what I'm talking about.
It’s that time of year at White House ... https://t.co/7BEQ28neLj— ✨Rey Skywalker ✨ (@✨Rey Skywalker ✨)1543253176.0
The trees also kinda look like something out of a Handmaid's Tale Christmas Special.
Bold choice going with decorations inspired by the Handmaid's Tale. https://t.co/Ze2kZX65lp— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas)1543247952.0
I gotta say, this one is pretty spot on too.
Blessed be the Christmas Trees - Melania https://t.co/FXy7fOhU11— AllThoseThingsILove❄ (@AllThoseThingsILove❄)1543264664.0
What about something a little more kid-friendly?
This year's White House Christmas decor = Dead yip-yip aliens from Sesame Street https://t.co/qOMBsLaVJW— Hubert Vigilla (@Hubert Vigilla)1543252373.0
For those out of the loop like I was...It's pretty spot on, don't you think?
Getting our nerdiness on...
First thing Melania’s red Christmas trees reminded me of.... https://t.co/YN86U8WWRe— The Media Tweets (@The Media Tweets)1543305751.0
Maybe we can make a game out of this whole affair.
You forgot about the essence of the game. It's about the cones. https://t.co/ma6gAjC7AT— aric (@aric)1543250205.0
The memes keep rolling in...
@WhiteHouse reporter: "So, uh, what was the inspiration for the red Christmas trees?" Melania Trump: "I saw a Flam… https://t.co/h44kK27E7R— Donald Trump Toupee (@Donald Trump Toupee)1543283688.0
How about Melania at the car wash?
Bring me all the Melania Christmas tree memes! https://t.co/vH7b9RK9IU— Be A Nurse They Said (@Be A Nurse They Said)1543326837.0
And now onto what is probably my favorite remix of the White House Christmas decorations. Starting with a big lovable orange idiot named
It me. #Gritty https://t.co/HfTMVtEAFy— Gritty (@Gritty)1537802257.0
Last month when Trump visited Philly, he was met with Gritty protesters.There were hundreds of Philly locals protesting Trump and the extremist hate group Proud Boys a few weeks ago, and Gritty was right in the middle of it.
More signs from the protest.
Gritty is growing on me. #Pushback https://t.co/PI8EkmT18x— Seriously Absurd 🏳️🌈 (@Seriously Absurd 🏳️🌈)1542475960.0
So what the heck does this have to do with Christmas?
some amazing handmade gritty swag at the counter-rally today. "All I know how to do is crochet and protest Nazis." https://t.co/t9wWjhb2WX— Parker Higgins (@Parker Higgins)1542471870.0