Remember when the internet nearly exploded earlier this month after a photo of President Obama’s 17-year-old daughter Malia in the presence of a beer pong game went viral? Well, now the indirect source of the photo has come forward to offer an apology.
In case you need a refresher, the aforementioned photo shows Malia standing in front of a table littered with the infamous red cups that many of us associate with our college days. Although the teen is only seen playing with her hair in the pic (which was taken by a fellow partygoer who then posted it to her snapchat account) and not drinking, the red cups are clearly arranged for a game of beer pong. So naturally, once the cyberworld got wind of the snapshot, all hell broke loose.
Not long after the photo became a target for far-fetched headlines and endless social media commentary, it was revealed that the picture was taken during a campus party while Malia was visiting the school. In light of this, the Brown University newspaper has since issued a public apology to Malia.
“It is a shame that Malia was unable to visit Brown and enjoy herself at a party without several news headlines coming out about it the next day. While it is understandable that so many students were excited about her visit, it is likely that few of us would enjoy having strangers take pictures of us while we were unaware and post them on the Internet.
“Malia did not choose to grow up in the White House, and it is unfair that everything she does at just 17 years old is subject to such harsh scrutiny. While the chances of her selecting Brown have probably decreased since the publication of those articles, if she does ever come back to Brown, hopefully next time we will “have more chill.”
The White House has yet to (and won’t likely) issue any type of public statement in response to the incident (although we’d take a wild guess and say that Brown University received a phone call or two from Washington once things got out of control), embarrassing the President’s teen daughter who will likely be deciding which college she’ll attend any day now can’t be a good look for an Ivy League institution like Brown University.
Translation: the apology was a smart move indeed.