Rabat - U.S President Barack Obama went to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay respect to late Saudi King Abdullah in what appeared to be an expression of how important is the U.S.-American relationships.
Rabat – U.S President Barack Obama went to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay respect to late Saudi King Abdullah in what appeared to be an expression of how important is the U.S.-American relationships.
However, Obama’s visit to America’s Middle Eastern ally was not at the center of attention, at least on social media platforms.
Instead, it was the attire his wife, Michelle Obama, wore in the conservative kingdom that sparked much of the controversy.
Saudi state television showed images of the American first lady not wearing a veil in a country where women are expected to cover their heads and faces and must be accompanied by a male relative.
Michelle Obama wore clothing that fully covered her arms, but not her head. Other foreign female guests were also shown in the photographs from the official event not wearing veils or headscarves.
Many Saudi social media users took to Twitter and used hashtags that criticized Michelle Obama’s ‘bold’ move. Some Saudi Twitter users pointed out that Michelle Obama had worn a headscarf on recent trip to Indonesia, but not in Saudi Arabia.
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Otheres, however, applauded the first lady’s move, describing it as a ‘defiance’ to Saudi Arabia’s laws and traditions.
— colonelC (@oO_Qo) 27 Janvier 2015