US First Lady Melania Trump has defended her choice of red Christmas trees after they inspired jokes and memes online.
On Monday, the first lady posted a video on Twitter showing how the White House has been decorated this festive season.
The People’s House @WhiteHouse is ready to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season! pic.twitter.com/oejKW3mC15— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 26, 2018
The bright red trees were the source of a barrage of teasing online, with many commentators saying it reminded them of the red costumes in the dystopian TV series The Handmaid's Tale, or the famous corridor scene from the classic horror movie The Shining.
Someone did this to Melania Trump’s creepy Christmas trees, and it’s all I’ve ever wanted today. pic.twitter.com/MwigcZxswR— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) November 26, 2018
.@FLOTUS @realDonaldTrump Welcome to Gilead #handmaidstale pic.twitter.com/GHVlu26HF2— derekleitch40 (@derekleitch40) November 26, 2018
So Melania decorated the White House for Christmas - with blood red trees right out of The Shining: Holiday Version. #ThisIsReal pic.twitter.com/DNAuTZxTFM— Stephen A. Rhodes (@StephenARhodes) November 26, 2018
Melania's Christmas decorations look like they're straight out of the Shining pic.twitter.com/mVMY7yuxIZ— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) November 26, 2018
Melania Trump has now defended her choice of Christmas trees during a panel discussion at Liberty University, saying: "We are in 21st century and everybody has a different taste. I think they look fantastic."
Melania Trump says her red Christmas trees look ‘fantastic’ pic.twitter.com/qAkR2PsmyD— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 28, 2018
She added: "I hope everybody will come over and visit it. In real life they look even more beautiful and you are all very welcome to visit the White House, the people's house."