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Never in my lifetime have I seen a First Lady’s butt held under a microscope quite like Michelle Obama’s. The FLOTUS was famously criticized for her “large posterior” by Wisconsin Republican, Rep. F James Sensenbrenner, who later apologized. In the same vein, conservative radio jockey Rush Limbaugh refers to her as Michelle “My Butt” Obama. The latest man to take issue with Michelle Obama’s backside is high school football coach Bob Grisham, who is recorded by one of his students saying “Fat butt Michelle Obama. Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.”

Some may try to explain away the criticism of Mrs. Obama’s posterior as backlash from her “Let’s Move” campaign and focus on healthy living. But our First Lady has covered several fitness magazines, is praised for her toned upper body and has been televised doing consecutive pushups and planting a kitchen garden at the White House. By most standards, she is in great shape especially when one considers she’s nearly 50 years of age.

Naysayers may also cite that Michelle Obama is not the first FLOTUS to be criticized for her appearance. Recently, Hilary Clinton was the subject of several crude remarks for her “cankles.” But why the obsession with Mrs. Obama’s butt?

These negative comments on Michelle Obama’s butt seem steeped in racism. Butts, going back to Hottentot Venus  (a woman from what is now South Africa whose naked body and pronounced posterior were paraded in shows throughout 19th-century Europe according to The Washington Post), are racialized as a symbol of black womanhood and as such, it’s the subject of extreme fascination and criticism. The attacks condemning her butt unsurprisingly come from conservative white men, who may perceive it as an unwelcome reminder of her “otherness.”

What are your thoughts, Clutchettes? Why the consistent criticism of First Lady Michelle Obama’s posterior? When will it cease?

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  • Davy

    I think her “Butt” is MAGNIFICENT!
    There is nothing wrong with her rear, A woman should have a nice round butt and wide hips. Seems peeps are just jealous. Of course I may be biased, as a white man married to an African woman.

  • Nadell

    Why the consistent criticism of First Lady Michelle Obama’s posterior? …..JEALOUSY! Plain and simple. These men are jealous their wives do not possess a banging body like First Lady. Mrs. Obama is fine ok!
    Her curves are naturally hers. Not a nip, tuck, injection or implant has been performed to create & maintain her curvaceous body. Which is all the more reason so many stay pressed!

  • I got sense!

    LOVE THIS COMMENT!!!

    This is what black and latino Americans, today, really need to get into their heads. I completely get why our parents, grandparents, and greatgrandparents may have gone down the, “I’m one of the good ones” route but today there is no such path. Even we you don’t commit any crimes we still get shot down like a rabid dog. Even when we work hard to take care of our bodies, families, and careers we are nothing more than our back sides. Smh, the only approval we should be looking for is from ourselves.

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