The White House has covered its rooms for the holidays. And just like last year, its ornaments look more frightening than festive at first glance.
If you were one of the many people who thought the Christmas show at the White House last year was strangely ominous, the whimsical lighting and the skeletons of barren trees seemed like the backdrop to a horror movie – well, then, no I can wait to hear what you think Look at vacation 2018.
Melania Trump spent months working on this year's decorations, which she revealed in a series of tweets on Monday morning.
And to be fair to the first lady, this year's Christmas designs are considerably more attractive than last year's, with lots of color and warmth.
But they have not been able to avoid the resurgence of the White House Christmas meme of last year's evil, mainly thanks to a specific decoration choice by Melania.
Perhaps determined to continue ignoring his critics, Trump has repeated the idea of the White House decoration tinged with horror in at least one corner of the place, bordering an entire corridor with blood-red Christmas trees that immediately reminded the viewers on social networks Fun holiday movies. Like Stanley Kubrick's Christmas classic. The bright!
… not to mention other tales of joy and delight:
Horror movies and Tale of the maid The references reigned, but even the most capricious takes of the return of the White House of Evil meme tended towards darkness.
This is a special villain of Doctor Who Christmas, is not it? They are animatronic muppets of a planet with a super high Scrabble score.
They are a sensitive polyester that plans to catch fire in solidarity with the urban-wild interface of land fires.
Keep going. pic.twitter.com/NsmL0WrqdA
– CZEdwards aka Renaran Black, Mother of Exiles (@CZEdwards) November 26, 2018
The response of the terror meme illustrates how the division between the Trump administration and the public is embedded.
As happened last year, the White House Evil Christmas meme talks about the broader polarization between the public and the presidency, and the feeling that the White House itself has become a visual representation of what many people consider to be the horror of real life that is taking place. Out by the Trump administration.
Since Donald Trump took office, it has become commonplace to comment on his administration through memes of terror: do you remember the picture of the Pope or the Orb? – and now it seems that turning the White House Christmas show into an annual grimoire is slowly becoming an unexpected tradition.
And the fact that the White House initiated the annual celebration after Thanksgiving of its festive aspect while the children were being torn apart at the US-Mexico border made the situation even more grim for many.
Welcome to Christmas at the House of Horrors.
Just missing the green jacket of vomit, the crown of sickle and hammer, the elves in suits of servants, children in cages, the fragrance of tear gas and the sound of "Red Neck Paradise" Kid Rock. pic.twitter.com/4FCT7AULT8
– Ellie (@ ellievan65) November 26, 2018
In addition, the inclusion of Christmas decorations that remind the viewer "Be the best", in support of the first lady's initiative to focus on "the main problems facing children today," surprised many as particularly insulting.
You are a mother And you are also an immigrant. How do you feel about #Tear gas Is it used in women and young children seeking asylum in the United States?
– Andy Behrman (@electroboyusa) November 26, 2018
One thing that is surprisingly different between the White House of the Evil Christmas meme and last year is that this time, nobody jokes about the fact that Melania is "trapped" or imprisoned in the White House. The notion that the first lady was the victim of her husband's tyranny may have reigned for much of the first year of Trump's presidency, but her controversial choice of jacket during the summer, as well as her undoubtedly chosen African safari team , seems to have established her as a villain in her own right.
Consequently, it makes a lot of sense that the meme culture, which tends to reflect our collective social and political anxieties, has seized the opportunity to revive the Christmas meme of the White House, but in a darker and more pointed way. For many, the jokes feel almost pure now, and the overlapping of references between Trump's real-life actions and the material of horror films seems less ironic and more like a form of mandatory commentary.