First Lady Jill Biden accidentally started an all-out Twitter war last weekend after donning patterned tights that sparked bitter debate between her critics and supporters.
The 69-year-old arrived back in Washington, DC on Thursday night after a trip to California, and was pictured getting off her plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland wearing a black jacket, a black skirt above the knee and a black heel. boots and cool tights with a criss-cross pattern.
Her hosiery quickly caught the attention of multiple online critics – who called her tights ‘trashy’ and ’embarrassing’, while accusing the professor of being ‘too old’ to wear such a daring look.
Under fire: Jill Biden’s patterned tights sparked outrage among critics on social media, with some calling the 69-year-old’s ensemble ‘trashy’ and ‘shameful’
Hit back: The First Lady supporters fired back at the criticism, insisting that the tights – which she wore on Thursday when she returned to DC from California – were ‘bold’ and ‘trendy’
Debut: Jill was first pictured wearing the tights when she arrived at Meadows Field Airport in California earlier in the day
“I think Jill B has messed up the holidays. She must think it’s Halloween. What is she 70? Regardless, she’s way too old for fishing nets and still booties, ‘one person wrote.
“Madonna called and wants her to look back, Doc,” added another Twitter user.
A number of people compared her to pop star Madonna, with one who wrote, “Good Lord, she looks like Madonna’s grandmother.”
One Twitter user joked that Jill looked like she’d shopped at youth-focused fast fashion retailer Forever 21 and wrote, ‘Hey Jill Biden. It’s not called Forever61 for nothing. Forever21 needs a closing date !! ‘
“For another $ 29.99, Jill Biden could have outfitted her Halloween costume with the optional broom,” added another.
Several conservative Twitter users also took the opportunity to praise Jill’s predecessor Melania Trump and point out that the 50-year-old would have looked much better in the patterned pantyhose.
“FLOTUS is too old to rock fishing nets,” one person wrote. “Melania definitely has the legs for them, not crunchy old Jill Biden.”
Another said: ‘Jill Biden is just too old to wear fishing nets. It is dirty. But Melania on the other hand, she would rock. ‘
A third agreed: ‘It’s not JUST the fishing nets. It’s the whole mess. A mini skirt? Completely black? Not too resilient. The outfit is ugly for a woman of any age. No one pays attention to #Flotus anyway. All I’ve seen are people still talking about #Melania. ‘
However, the criticism caused outrage among Jill’s supporters, many of whom quickly fired back and praised the First Lady’s ‘daring’ ensemble – while pointing out that she was wearing ‘patterned tights’ and not ‘fishing nets’, as some tweets pointed out. falsely said.
Controversy: Some conservative Twitter users slammed Jill, comparing her to 50-year-old predecessor Melania Trump – insisting she could have ‘rocked’ the tights
Angry: Some compared Jill’s ensemble to a ‘Halloween costume’, while others said she looked ‘trashy’ and ’embarrassing’
“She’s amazing, you’re jealous,” one wrote, while another added, “There’s no such thing as age appropriate.”
“I can’t believe all the fuss about Jill Biden’s tights. In 2021 ffs, ‘commented a third person.
Many people took the opportunity to attack Jill’s conservative critics, comparing backlash against the First Lady’s ensemble to the outrage over a brown suit Barack Obama wore in 2014, and sleeveless dresses his wife Michelle had attracted.
Jill Biden wore patterned tights (no fishing nets, btw) and conservatives went nuts. Ivanka wears them all the time and they consider her to be an epitome of style. And let’s not even start with what Melania does or doesn’t wear. This is Jill’s brown suit moment, ”one person said.
“Michelle Obama upset them in a sleeveless sheath dress and Barack Obama upset them in a brown suit,” wrote another. So now they are mad about Jill Biden and her adorable ensemble with her patterned tights and ankle boots. She looked very chic. ‘
Former President Obama was slapped by critics in August 2014 after wearing a brown suit to a press conference while discussing the crises in Iraq and Ukraine, with some insisting the summer-focused ensemble was “ inappropriate ” for such a serious event.
Meanwhile, his wife Michelle faced outrage in 2009 when she donned a black sleeveless sheath dress for her first official portrait as First Lady, with critics claiming it was too ‘informal’ for such an official photo.
On her flight back from California – before unveiling her controversial outfit at Andrews Air Force Base – Jill played an amusing April Fools joke about her staff, the Secret Service, and reporters traveling with her by dressing up as a flight attendant and serving ice creams . on the plane.
While food was being served at the press pool, a flight attendant with short black hair in a black trouser suit, black face mask, and name badge that read Jasmine walked through the staff, the Secret Service, and the press booths that let out Dove ice cream bars.
Defense: Jill’s supporters hit back at her critics, insisting that the First Lady ‘rocked’ the look and insisted she ‘can wear whatever she wants’
Pattern? Others compared the outrage over her tights with critics condemning Barack Obama for wearing a brown suit and devastating his wife Michelle’s sleeveless dresses.
A few minutes later, her senior adviser, Anthony Bernal, and her press secretary, Michael LaRosa, returned to the press booth smiling.
Jill then appeared in the press again, without her wig, announcing, “April Fools!”
Bernal and LaRosa reassured the pool that they were just as surprised when ‘Jasmine’ revealed her true identity to them.
The First Lady was “ visibly pleased with her joke, ” reporters noted.
And it is not the first time that the teacher has thrown a smile.
“I’ve always believed you should steal the joyful moments if you can,” she wrote in her memoir, explaining her love of practical jokes.
“Life is hard, and if you’re waiting for something nice to come, you’ll find yourself missing it more often than not.”
In her book Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself, published in May 2019, Jill recounts how she once climbed over a plane and jumped out to surprise people.
“The White House is a serious place, with serious people doing serious work,” Biden wrote.
“If you’re not careful, it can crush you.”
She then tells how she fooled the team on her plane during a flight to California, during Barack Obama’s first term.
Trickster: In flight, Jill played an April Fools prank about her staff, the Secret Service, and the press who traveled with her by dressing up as a flight attendant and serving ice cream
“I had arrived at Andrews Joint Base early, right after my classes, and was the first there,” she wrote.
When I got on Air Force Two, I looked around and got an idea.
“The overhead bins were small, but I knew if I crumpled up enough I could stuff myself in.”
She then climbed onto a chair, before stepping onto a table and pulling herself into the trash can. Jill said she thought to herself, “Finally my ballet lessons are paying off.”
A naval assistant helped give Jill one final boost and pulled down the compartment door.
When the first person opened the bin to put his roll bag away, I emerged halfway through and shouted, ‘Boo! “- although it was hard to get it out of my laughter,” Jill recalled.
“Still, my surprise had the intended effect: this poor soul gave a high-pitched scream and stumbled back in his chair, with a look of utter shock.”
She also said she played a joke on her husband on Valentine’s Day in 2009.
Jill ran two miles from the vice president’s residence to the White House and while he was in a meeting, she sneaked into his office with the help of his assistant and painted “big multicolored hearts all over his windows for Valentine’s Day.”
She wrote, “When he walked into the office later that morning – accompanied by a senator – I wasn’t there to see his reaction, but I know he was both delighted and ashamed.”