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PopWrapped | Current Events

Michelle Obama Draws Ire For Not Wearing A Headscarf In Saudi Arabia

Rain Varela | PopWrapped Author

Rain Varela

Updated 03/11/2015 11:23pm
Michelle Obama Draws Ire For Not Wearing A Headscarf In Saudi Arabia | Michelle Obama
Media Courtesy of Huffington Post
Saudi Arabia as the largest oil exporter, and the de facto leader of OPEC and the Arab league, ranks among the world’s richest and most powerful nations. But it is also an absolute monarchy, one in which women are not allowed to drive and require permission from male relatives to travel, get married or seek higher education. There is also a strict dress code that requires women to wear a headscarf and loose clothing. Although such things are not required among foreigners. So when President Barrack Obama came with his wife, Michelle Obama to pay respects to the late Saudi King Abdullah, the First Lady chose not to wear a headscarf, but did don loose robes that covered her arms. This did no sit well with some people, who took to twitter to air their opinion. They trended an Arabic hashtag which, when translated, means #Michelle_Obama_NotVeiled. Some pointed out that the First Lady did wear a headscarf in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation, which happens to be a democracy and where laws on women’s clothing are less strict. But some did tweet out, that it was a short visit and that Obama should not be criticized for her choice of clothing. What is your stance on this “controversy?” Should we thank Obama for standing up for women’s rights with this not-so-subtle subtle move? Or was it simply disrespectful to their host country’s customs? Let us know!

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