Malia Obama just broke the internet by daring to sneak a drag in public. A video leaked by Radar Online appears to show Barack Obama's elder daughter Malia puffing away on a joint at Lollapalooza in Chicago last month. Eyewitness accounts identify Malia as the girl who was smoking marijuana on the video clip.
The footage surfaced shortly after photos of Malia and others twerking at Lollapalooza circulated online. Over 100,000 fans gathered in Chicago's Grant Park for the 25th anniversary event. Fans partied to bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duke Dumont, Disclosure, Radiohead, LCD Sound System and Jane's Addiction. Malia has quietly attended Lollapalooza in the past. Now that Malia has been spotted with marijuana, the media everywhere is seizing the opportunity to criticize the Malia and her family.
Malia is hardly a slacker. The Harvard-bound prospective undergrad enjoyed a highly-esteemed private education in her younger years. Last summer, Malia traveled with her sister and mother to visit Liberia to promote education for women.The Obama family has endured relentless- and at times- unfair scrutiny over the last eight years. The unrealistic standards imposed on Malia and Sasha Obama force them to constantly walk on eggshells.
For instance, GOP staffer Elizabeth Lauten posted on Facebook “Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class.”
Lauten was referring to Malia and Sasha's wardrobe choices. Malia's mother Michelle herself was broadly criticized for exposing her shoulders on 60 Minutes. If shoulders and ankles are enough to cause outrage, imagine what a joint could do. Malia isn't unlike other teens her age, since one in eight Americans admit to smoking marijuana.
Malia is around the same age that her father Barack Obama began experimenting with marijuana. “The last time I was this high, I was trying to decide on my major,” said the president, at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Malia was diagnosed with asthma when she was four and she could potentially benefit from medical marijuana. Most likely Malia didn't know she was being recorded at the time. As cannabis connoisseurs, we think it's a shame she's not able to sneak in a drag here and there.