Michelle Obama tweeted what appeared to be a somber photo Wednesday to show solidarity with the families of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, but judging by the Twitter responses, many weren’t buying it.
The White House announced Tuesday that it was sending a team to Nigeria to help find nearly 300 schoolgirls reportedly abducted by the radical Islamist group Boko Harem, according to CNN.
In a Wednesday tweet following the announcement, the first lady held a sign that said, “#Bring Back Our Girls”:
Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls. -mo pic.twitter.com/glDKDotJRt
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) May 7, 2014
Responses were swift and critical, according to Twitchy’s compilation of tweets, which included:
.@redsteeze is she seriously doing the sad duck face?
— Fritz Morton (@fritzmorton) May 7, 2014
Um. Sad-faced FLOTUS in the fancy house holding up the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag sign? Really?
— Alicia (@ahgregs) May 7, 2014
Hey guys, since there’s a Hashtag AND a real serious looking selfie PLUS a hand written sign. I bet it totally works. @ABCPolitics @FLOTUS
— AngieFriarofFeisty (@Artist_Angie) May 7, 2014
“Look! I support them! I tweeted a sadface pic with a hashtag! I care.”
— RB (@RBPundit) May 7, 2014
Last month, many Twitter users ridiculed the Obama administration for ushering in the “hashtag doctrine” to scold Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine. Those tweets drew a similar backlash.
The best response to the hashtag abuse was probably this one:
I made a hashtag sign. Does this qualify me for a job in the White House? #stopallbadstuff pic.twitter.com/GblvvqiupZ
— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) May 7, 2014
See also: Dem cracks a flip joke about Benghazi; James Woods, Dana Loesch, others step up
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