After many were upset that Malia Obama skipped the Democratic National Convention July 28 to attend Lollapalooza, they are now enraged because the eldest first daughter was dancing and enjoying herself during the performances.
Barack and Michelle Obama’s 18-year-old was captured on video dancing at rapper Mac Miller’s show July 29 and singing along during singer Bryson Tiller’s set July 31. On July 28, she was spotted attending EDM artist Cashmere Cat’s show with pals.
Cashmere cat with Malia Obama today lmao pic.twitter.com/seupJdkqQb
— lexi (@lexidubb) July 29, 2016
According to the Chicago Tribune, Malia previously attended the Illinois music festival in 2014. Controversy stirred then when she was seen at Chance the Rapper’s performance.
Some have criticized the soon-to-be Harvard student for ditching the last day of the DNC to blow off steam with friends at the Chicago concert.
Tony Mondello accused Malia of using taxpayer’s money to attend Lollapalooza.
Cindy Clark John claimed the oldest Obama daughter should “have the decency to not dress like a hooker.”
Kristine Kaiser dismisses the teen’s youth and calls her family “disgraceful.”
Still, many have come to the teenager’s defense.
Twitter user @DarthVenn called the judgment “dumb.”
Malia Obama is a teenager. Lol trying to drag her for skipping the DNC for lollapalooza is so dumb. Let her live her life
— // Venny // (@DarthVenn) July 29, 2016
@willfelt said Malia’s attendance at Lollapalooza simply proves she’s a teen who is living her life.
Eh if Malia Obama really skipped the DNC for Lollapalooza it just proves one thing. She's a teenager that's living life ?.Chill
— ⚡YΟΨΝG ⚡ΗΣRCULΣS⚡™ (@willfelt) July 29, 2016
@TaraAngel94 said she would also choose to attend the long-running festival over the widely broadcast DNC.
— Tara A N G E L (@TaraAngel94) July 29, 2016
Zoé S. pointed to Jenna and Barbara Bush, daughters of former President George W. Bush. The twin sisters were cited in 2001 for attempting to buy alcohol at age 19. It was the second offense for the eldest Bush kid in less than five weeks. She previously plead no contest to being a minor in possession of alcohol, according to USA Today.
People are going in on that video of Malia Obama dancing at Lolla as though the Bush sisters weren't a thing.
— Zoé S. (@ztsamudzi) August 1, 2016
Being a first daughter opens children to criticism from the public regardless of their image. Before the Bush twins, Chelsea Clinton – the only daughter of former President Bill Clinton and current Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton – was called a dog by Rush Limbaugh in 1996.
“Everyone knows the Clintons have a cat. Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is also a White House dog?” he said as he held up a photo of Chelsea.
See Malia enjoying herself during Lollapalooza below.