Melania Trump's 'Be Best' decorations and blood-red Christmas trees become objects of ridicule

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 27, 2018
11:23 A.M.

On Monday, First Lady Melania Trump took to Instagram to share a video of the Christmas decorations at the White House. While some people thought the decorations were beautiful; others had a different take.


A number of people nit-picked on the Be Best decorations and the blood-red Christmas trees lining a hall.

In a video of the fully decorated White House, Melania Trump gave viewers a tour of the Christmas decorations they had used. At one point, the camera showed a Be Best ornament and a wreath made of Be Best pencils.

The Be Best campaign was launched in May by Trump. The initiative focuses on fighting cyber-bullying, the opioid epidemic, and promoting children’s well-being.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The first lady titled her clip:

“The People’s House @WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season!”


People who found the use of the campaign in the decorations found it ironic because her husband, President Donald Trump is well-known for writing insulting tweets about his critics. One person wanted to know if the first lady was going to give her husband one of the ornaments.


Another social media user berated her for adding her campaign into the decorations. While yet another person thought the added feature was “tacky.”


However, a great number of people also thought the decorations were just perfect as they were. Earlier in the month, Trump spoke at the Family Online Safety Institute’s conference.


There she addressed the criticism she has received for addressing cyber-bullying while her husband’s online behavior condones it. She stated:

“It is not news or surprising to me that critics and the media have chosen to ridicule me for speaking out on this issue, and that’s okay.”


Twelve-year-old Barron’s mother added:

“I remain committed to tackling this topic because it will provide a better world for our children. And I hope that, like I do, you will consider using their negative words as motivation to do all you can to bring awareness and understanding about responsible online behavior.”


Another decoration element that social media users decided to mock was the blood-red Christmas trees that the first lady was seen walking past in the video. Some people thought the trees resembled handmaids from Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”


The series is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel. Her critics began posting pictures of the hall of red trees and referred to them as comrade red.


The altered trees included the iconic handmaid’s bonnets atop them. One Twitter user compared the first lady’s platform with “The Handmaid’s Tale” and put the images alongside each other to show their similarities.

On Sunday, Trump had shared images of the White House going through the decoration transformation. In her caption, she revealed that volunteers were responsible for the work.

At the time, the blood-red trees and Be Best items weren’t visible.

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