Conservatives Criticize Michelle Obama's Oscars Appearance
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Conservatives have criticized First Lady Michelle Obama for her brief cameo on Sunday’s 85th Academy Awards. The first lady appeared on a projector through a live streaming from the White House to present the Oscar award for Best Picture.

While the audience cheered in elation for the first lady, conservative bloggers took to the blogs and Twitter to lambaste her.

Jennifer Rubin, a political blogger for the Washington Post criticized Obama’s speech, claiming she, “feels entitled,” and that “both the president and the first lady seem small and grasping.” Conservative journalist Michelle Malkin and Fox News host Todd Starnes tweeted their own grievances.

“Can POTUS and FLOTUS just relocate the White House to Hollywood and be done with it? #oscars2013,″ Malkin tweeted, while Starnes tweeted, “Tonight was supposed to be about Hollywood — but Mrs. Obama made it about herself. #oscars.”

Despite criticism of the first lady’s appearance, both Laura Bush and President Ronald Reagan made cameos at previous Academy Awards.

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Gerren Keith Gaynor (@MrGerrenalist) is a freelance journalist based in New York City. He has been published in the New York Times, ESSENCE magazine,, New York Amsterdam News, and Gaynor received his master degree in Journalism from Columbia University and his bachelor's in English from Morehouse College.