Malia Obama gets apology from Brown University students regarding 'beer pong' tweets

By Karen Butler  |  Oct. 24, 2015 at 1:11 PM
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PROVIDENCE, R.I., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- An editorial in Brown University's student newspaper apologizes to first daughter Malia Obama for some undergrads' actions, which turned her recent visit to a campus party into a national news event.

Numerous students posted messages on social media claiming they witnessed the teen playing beer pong. Although several posts included candid shots of Malia, none showed her actually taking part in the drinking game.

"Some of the tweets include photographs of her that were clearly taken when she was not looking. Many of them mention her presence at a party, where she was seen taking shots and playing beer pong," the Oct. 20 edition of The Brown Daily Herald said under the headline, "Sorry, Malia Obama."

"The motivation to take these pictures was obvious: being at a party with the president's daughter was an exciting, unexpected moment that many of us wanted to share with our friends," the editorial continued. "We often do not think about our tweets and Snapchats reaching anyone besides our friends and followers, and certainly not news outlets with wide circulation like Buzzfeed. Many Brown students were surprised and embarrassed to see themselves cited in the articles, as other Brown students posted them on Facebook with disappointed captions that criticized their peers for not simply leaving the 17-year-old alone on her college visit."

Malia is the elder of President Barack Obama's two daughters with first lady Michelle Obama.

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