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First lady Melania Trump is being criticized for red Christmas trees in the White House. But, hey, at least she kept red dictators responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people off the trees.
So, as you might have heard through all of the kerfuffle over social media, people are getting themselves all worked up over bright red topiary trees that served as only part of the White House holiday exhibition.
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“These 40 meme-ready trees were compared to car-wash brushes, juxtaposed with iconic blood waves in Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ and photoshopped to don white bonnets — a clear reference to the long-suffering women in Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,'” the U.K. Guardian wrote about the social media reaction.
“While much of the lampooning was surely prompted by disdain toward her husband’s policies, several psychology experts told the Guardian that Trump’s holiday aesthetic may just be inherently jarring for the human psyche.”
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For proof of this, they dragged out Dr. Toby Israel, a “pioneer of design psychology,” who said that trees “have the association of not just being different, but blood or rage, shock.”
“So, for example, we have a green Christmas tree, that’s about nature – and the best that nature has to offer,” Israel said. As for the red trees, “I’m not going to recognize that is a tree, (as) something that connects us to the universe.”
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Meanwhile, little attention was given to the actual theme of the entire White House Christmas display: “American Treasures.”
Yes, there were the 40 red trees on the East Colonnade. As The Hill noted, there was quite a bit more, including “an 18-foot official White House Christmas tree adorned with more than 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon, and an ode to American-grown produce with fruit and vegetable-filled garlands.
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Do you like this year’s White House Christmas decorations?
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