Actually, Melania Trump Is Thrilled to Be First Lady

I challenge you, Jezebel readers, to dream up a greater artistic triumph than this iPhone video of a stone-faced Melania Trump watching two ballerinas dance to Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers during her “Christmas walk through.” On the heels of a Vanity Fair report that quoted a longtime friend saying our visibly reluctant First Lady “didn’t want this come hell or high water,” here Melania is, proving once and for all that she is, as her spokeswoman insists, “honored by her role.”


Hands clasped, face immobile, America’s very own Sugar Plum Fairy from hell is apparently unmoved by the power of dance; her mind is elsewhere, on a bottle of Chardonnay in her office, perhaps, or on the exact pressure one must exert with one’s fingers to pop a man’s head like a shiny silver balloon on New Year’s Eve. This is not the Nutcracker ballet that I personally am familiar with. This is, as my colleague Julianne put it, “some Stanley Kubrick shit.”

Happy holidays!

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.



I don’t blame her for being a reluctant First Lady. It’s a largely thankless role that she probably never envisioned for herself.

I blame her for perpetuating her husband’s racist birther bullshit, laughably making bullying her platform, and continuing to uphold misogyny by dismissing her husband’s comments as ‘boy talk.’

Also, I thought it was a series of unfortunate cosmetic surgeries that made her perpetually scowl?