*Days after Snapchat photos of Malia Obama appearing alongside someone playing beer pong surfaced, the school where the incident took place, is formally apologizing.
According to Coed.com, the apology to President Barack Obama’s oldest daughter came courtesy of Brown University’s student-run newspaper, The Brown Daily Herald. Since the pictures came to light online, Malia’s visit to Brown with her mother, First Lady Michelle Obama, generated headlines and opinions from the public.
In the eyes of the Brown Daily Herald, the 17-year-old should not have been subjected to such a reaction as it feels that folks have the right to get their party on without, as Coed notes, “being overwhelmed by judgmental Internet trolls and gawking bystanders.”
Scroll below to check out part of The Brown Daily Herald’s apology to Malia:
Articles [about Malia’s Brown tour] feature several tweets from Brown students excited about Malia’s visit. Some of the tweets include photographs of her that were clearly taken when she was not looking. Many of them mention her presence at a party, where she was seen taking shots and playing beer pong.
The motivation to take these pictures was obvious: being at a party with the president’s daughter was an exciting, unexpected moment that many of us wanted to share with our friends.
We often do not think about our tweets and Snapchats reaching anyone besides our friends and followers, and certainly not news outlets with wide circulation like Buzzfeed. Many Brown students were surprised and embarrassed to see themselves cited in the articles, as other Brown students posted them on Facebook with disappointed captions that criticized their peers for not simply leaving the 17-year-old alone on her college visit.
…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.”
To read the Brown Daily Herald’s full apology, click here.