While it has been long assumed that American politicians spend a glut of their time concerned about “optics” and their PR strategies, the reality is that there are horrid blunders occurring everyday that have the American electorate second-guessing this idea.
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton is certainly no stranger to this misconception, having found herself at the center of a number of rather ridiculous scandals over the year, (including one in which she claimed that “pneumonia” made her faint on a pleasant day in New York City during the 2016 election, only to be photographed with children a day or two later).
Clinton’s latest faux pas has a great many Americans fuming.
A photo of Hillary Clinton attending the Met Gala received some brutal reaction from Twitter users on Monday evening.
The photo depicted Clinton walking the red carpet at the celebrity-studded event in a red ball gown. The failed presidential candidate was all smiles, posing for the camera without wearing a mask, while a masked African American gentleman – who appeared to be one of the event’s staff – doted on her, adjusting her dress.
Critics slammed the image as the perfect encapsulation of elitist privilege. One said it looked like something out of “The Hunger Games.”
Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement suggested that the image has “major slave owner vibes”.
Major slave owner vibes. Man of color forced to wear a mask, serving the white woman who is happily maskless. This gotta stop #blm #MetGala #MetGala2022 Hillary Clinton ain’t it pic.twitter.com/Lwrg7nmaAf
— Beetlejuice’s Lawyer (@Pimpdaddyboi) May 3, 2022
Conservatives were furious as well.
Right-wing radio host Austin Petersen remarked on what he perceived as the photo’s racist connotations. “From the Antebellum South, to Jim Crow, to modern America, Democrats haven’t really changed all that much. #HillaryClinton,” he tweeted.
“This photo perfectly encapsulates the current state of our country,” tweeted conservative commentator Kyle Kashuv.
Conservative vlogger Blaire White commented on Kashuv’s post, tweeting, “This photo should be in history books that discuss Covid regulations.”
Conservative radio host Ari Hoffman blasted the image, tweeting, “The elites at the Met Gala. This pic sums it up.”
And it wasn’t just bloggers and pundits either.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis saw the image as so horrific that he suggested the leak of a SCOTUS draft decision to overturn Roe V. Wade was fortuitous for Clinton, as it took some of the attention away from the abhorrent photograph.
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