In the days since Melania Trump was seen wearing a jacket that bore the words “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” as she left for and returned from a trip to a migrant processing center on the U.S.-Mexico border, many people have been responding in kind — with a message for the first lady written on the back of a jacket.
The reaction has come from every day people and celebrities and they have been shared on social media. Some of the messages were a response to the two-word question posed on the back of the first lady’s Army green Zara jacket, affirming that they do care. Others posed a pointed question in return, pressing the first lady on why she doesn’t care. The president said the message on the back of Melania’s jacket was meant as a jab at the media, but most are taking the words as a commentary on the unfolding migrant crisis and the separation of migrant families at the souther U.S. border.
“I do care and u should too,” read the back of 15-year-old actress Jenna Ortega’s jacket when she arrived on the red carpet at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Friday night. The actress, who has appeared in Jane the Virgin and Iron Man 3, posted a photo of the jacket on Instagram accompanied by two words: “Dear @flotus.”
Jill Vedder, a fashion model, posted a photo of herself on social media wearing a similar jacket to the one the first lady wore except its message on the back read, “YES WE ALL CARE. Y-DON’T U.” She was seen wearing it at a Pearl Jam concert in Italy — her husband is the band’s lead singer. The photo was shared on social media by the band.
YES WE ALL CARE. Y-DON’T U. pic.twitter.com/T32C99GG1c
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) June 22, 2018
Actress Busy Phillips wore the message she had for the first lady — and perhaps everyone else — on the front of a T-shirt. “I CARE. DO U?” it read. On Instagram, Phillips added, “I made a shirt! Because I do care deeply.”
I made a shirt! Because I do care deeply. I hope you do, too. Not caring is super lame, once you're past the age of oh, say 12? Go to familiesbelongtogether.org to learn more about how you can help in this humanitarian crisis happening right now in our country. And show up November 6. #endfamilyseparation #familiesbelongtogether
Many non-celebrities got in on the trend as well, as The New York Times noted, including children and a pair of women who attended a talk given by Amal Clooney in Toronto, where she discussed being a refugee herself.
“I am a refugee,” Clooney told the packed auditorium, according to The Star. “If I had not had a hand extended to me by the U.K. government when my family was escaping the war in Lebanon, I wouldn’t have been able to grow up in a safe environment, get the education I have, or do any of the things that I have done.” Her next words reportedly drew a raucous applause from the crowd. “I am so grateful to have been able to enter a country that showed compassion to me. I wish that were happening in more places around the world.”
Never has this felt more relevant. Inspiring talk on advocacy and human rights with Amal and Nick Clooney. "This talk proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my son married 'up'"-Nick Clooney 👏👏👏👏👏 #luminato #amalclooney #nickclooney #sophietrudeau #humanrights #icare #glbctzn #equalrights #feminism #roythomsonhall #torontolife #makeadifference
Although I can think of a thousand topics more deserving of all this hype than the first lady’s lewks, it brings up an interesting question. The world is a complex place and I make no claim to know the intricacies of government, economics or foreign affairs, but the question is simple and one that we should ask ourselves more often: Do we care? #icare