TMZ is under fire after trying to make it seem that while the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral was burning down in Paris, Former First Lady Michelle Obama was unconcerned, merely sipping champagne on a yacht.
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When in reality, the blaze started at 6:30 p.m., after our #ForeverFLOTUS had boarded the boat to have dinner with a group of people. And when they learned of the tragic blaze, Michelle and others were visibly concerned and saddened.
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As the Daily Mail noted, soon after, Mrs. Obama “took to social media to say her ‘heart aches with the people of France.’” She also shared an old photo on Instagram of herself, her husband former President Barack Obama and their two daughters lighting candles in the cathedral.
‘I will never forget the first time I walked into the Notre Dame Cathedral. I was a teenager on a school trip to Paris. It was my very first international trip, and until then, I hadn’t seen much outside of the South Side neighborhood I grew up in,’ she wrote on the ‘Gram on Tuesday as she was visiting the City of Lights for a stop on her European Becoming book tour.
Adding, ‘But the majesty of Notre Dame – the history, the artistry, the spirituality – took my breath away. The feeling was almost indescribable – a place that lifts you to a higher understanding of who we are and who we can be. Every time I’ve visited in the years since, including as First Lady, I felt the same thing. So being here in Paris tonight, my heart aches with the people of France. Yet I know that the Notre Dame I experienced all those years ago, as so many others have over the centuries, will soon awe us again.’
TMZ later changed its headline and retweeted a different version of that story, but the damage had already been done. Black Twitter was not here for this slander Mrs. Obama. See the reactions below.
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TMZ neglected to show the photos when Mrs. Obama's reaction when she and the other guests were told of the fire.https://t.co/ixELQFBhz9— ContemplateTheBeautyOfTheEarth❤️ (@Pod3TwoOne) April 17, 2019
Y’all really TRIED it with this headline. pic.twitter.com/ntJjGyLbQT— rodrigo santana 🏳️🌈 (@rodrigo1993) April 16, 2019
Apparently there are no circumstances under which it is OK for a Black woman to be successful and enjoy life.— Staci 🌱 (@MsEbony23) April 16, 2019
BTW, where was the current FLOTUS?
so was everyone else in that shot on the boat.......so......— ltmcdies 🇨🇦🥂 (@ltmcdies) April 16, 2019
She has been in Paris on her book tour for days, well before the fire. She isn’t a damn firefighter & was probably already scheduled to be on that cruise. What the hell was @FLOTUS doing? You guys are so desperate it is pathetic.— TAS 🌼🍃🌼🍃🌼 (@CigarDaisy311) April 16, 2019
(For anyone wondering: I'm puzzled at how Michelle Obama's presence amounts to a story, let alone in the way TMZ chose to frame it.)— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) April 16, 2019
Michelle Obama should send @TMZ and invoice. They’ve used her name all day.— Chasing Turtles (@atotalrec) April 16, 2019
So y’all think we’re not going to notice it’s “Abuse Michelle Obama day” @tmz headquarters, also known as “thought police and distraction central. C’mon son. @HarveyLevinTMZ— Don’t stare at the sun pendejo (@yourefusetothnk) April 16, 2019
P.S. I love how you think we wouldn’t notice the change you made to your headline earlier. #propoganda pic.twitter.com/e8ELqtBz9r
I think the point is, that we should not overlook the fact that Michelle Obama did not choose to utilize her super speed spin and pull a vortex of water out of the river to douse the flames. As Trump's tweet later alluded to....— Vee Terra🌈 (@vee_terra) April 16, 2019
Your king golf's practically every weekend EVEN during what he called a national emergency..but you want to come for Michelle Obama-- gtfoh pic.twitter.com/yD7vfRZeBj— Lanette (@Amadii) April 16, 2019
No one can "rip" Michelle Obama. pic.twitter.com/w5lXmlCZDL— Bumblebee 🐝💛 (@angelikasmith81) April 16, 2019
Breaking: Michelle Obama in France.— Rich (@HEi9htM3N) April 16, 2019
Readers: Ok, thanks.