On Tuesday, President Obama and the First Lady attended the funeral of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, a renowned misogynistic tyrant who oversaw some of the harshest and most oppressive conditions endured by women anywhere in the world. These conditions included and still include bans on voting and driving. When going out in public, women must be accompanied by a male relative and are expected to cover their heads and faces because modesty or whatever. Abdullah also kept three of his daughters locked up for more than a decade for speaking out for women’s rights. (They remain so.)
According to some very upset people in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, Michelle Obama was supposed to cover her head while visiting the country. She did not. To vent their outrage, they took to Saudi Twitter and used hashtags that translate to #Michelle_Obama_Immodest and #Michelle_Obama_Not_Veiled. (Apparently, Saudi Twitter is just as capable of fruitless outrage as U.S. Twitter is.)
Well, Michelle Obama gave zero — and let’s count ’em, zero, zero, zero — fucks about what the Saudis wanted her to wear on her head. Not only that, instead of wearing black at the funeral, she wore a blue blouse and a festive-looking blue-sweater jacket of sorts that could double as a spring getup for a leisurely stroll through the National Arboretum before a boozy brunch. So while her husband is obliged to say nice things about Abdullah and be respectful because of geopolitics, Michelle is under no such obligation. Hence, the giving of zero fucks.
According to one report, Saudi state television blurred out Michelle as a camera showed the First Couple approaching Saudi Arabia’s new sexist-ass king, Salman, who acted as if she wasn’t there. And according to this video, she wasn’t. But the information director at the Saudi embassy in Washington, as well as CNN’s Nic Robertson in Riyadh, both said Michelle wasn’t blurred at the time they were watching.
Regardless, the Wahhabist crackpots in Saudi Arabia should just be thankful the First Lady didn’t drive them to the gunshow.