Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia???

I wanted to share a thread/discussion that I had with a couple of colleagues of mine on today’s headline:

Michelle Obama forgoes a headscarf and sparks a backlash in Saudi Arabia.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in a delegation receiving line with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, fith left, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The president and first lady have come to expresses their condolences on the death of the late Saudi Arabian king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in a delegation receiving line with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, fith left, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The president and first lady have come to expresses their condolences on the death of the late Saudi Arabian king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

***For privacy purposes, I’ve changed the names of the people commenting, besides my own.

Johnny: It seems a little disrespectful.
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Sammy: Her hair was just done 💁💁 poverty and starving children in America >> a head piece
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Whitney: I agree it was Johnny.
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Whitney: Sammy! lol that is not an excuse for her not abiding by their cultural headpiece. Especially since it’s a sign of respect to wear one.
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Sarah Lee (ME): After reading the article, honestly, I wouldn’t have worn one either. I think she was making a statement. Although its culturally respectful to wear one, she was saying something much more by not wearing one – not only the laws against women but also about the fella who passed. To marry interracial-ly in our country years ago was disrespectful, but it never made it right. I think for Suadi, it’s time for a change, friend(s).

The president should’ve said, Michelle maybe you should sit this trip out. Lol She’s too raw and thorough for that. As the article that I read said, she gave no f$cks, and neither would I.
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Johnny: Sarah, it wasn’t about any one person. It’s a religious and cultural tradition. She understand she did it to show the strength of a woman to defy any norms she wanted but it was provocative and in my personal opinion unbecoming of the first lady’s office. And Sammy you’re right sometimes these articles can be distractions from more pressing problems.
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Sarah Lee (ME): Because its religious or cultural, still doesn’t make it right. But, that’s just my opinion. Religion and religious culture are two different things. All that is required is modesty. She was all of modest. I’ve sat on both sides of the fence with both tradition and religion, and I am among the many few legendary (rebellious) voices we all remember and know well – past and present.

So, I understand your argument in the traditional and conservative sense, however nothing changes, enhances, or progresses solely that way. #Routine

Because times must and always do change, Johnny.

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11:25 AM – 27 Jan 2015

Here’s the link to the UPROAR on Twitter. smh https://twitter.com/Riyadh_K_S_A/status/560126646166900736/photo/1


Sarah Lee via Facebook
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Marilyn said it best, well-behaved women seldomly make history.
By societal cultural condition, women and girls are to be quiet and follow the rules. Always be modest and walk the line. ‪#‎tightrope‬
Women, period, dance at the muse of marketing, money, and men. The 3 M’s that “we” MUST follow suit.
I don’t want to make this seem ultra feminist, but the sprinkle of women who step outta line, redefine the lines of morality, and stand toe to toe with men, are the women to watch.
They hold things down, build, and repeat. ‪#‎fruitful‬ Putting the RIGHT woman in charge will create a ripple effect like no other.
Re-condition your minds of what a radical, out spoken and passionate woman is. Lastly, understand the amount courage it takes, to say something out of a pool of silent women.

“Saudi Arabia has a strict dress code for women, who are instructed to wear black robes and head coverings at all times in public, though visitors to the country are not required to abide by the dress code. In 2011, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Abdullah in New York, she did not cover her face or hair. Nor did then-first lady Laura Bush during a 2006 visit with Abdullah in Saudi Arabia.

Some on Twitter noted that Obama had covered her hair during a visit to a mosque in Indonesia and wondered why she hadn’t done the same, Egypt’s Ahram Online noted, while one woman urged fellow Saudis not to “make Obama angry at us.”
The first lady’s office had no comment on her attire.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/michelle-obama-saudi-arabia-head-covering-criticism-114646.html#ixzz3Q8C2k47n

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Sarah Lee

Welcome! My name is Sarah Lee and I'm a Business Strategist and social entrepreneur who loves the outdoors, a good book, and scary movies year round! Throughout this quirky, rich, and mysterious life of mine, I genuinely love to 'share' my experiences as a learning tool. I thought, what better way to track my level of growth than by sharing my experiences and the lessons learned thereof, than in my blog? A wise woman once said, "You are your own masterpiece, therefore, instead of mastering it, master you."

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