Malia Obama Receives Apology from Brown University Students for Beer Pong Photos

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Malia Obama has received an apology from students at Brown University who took pictures of her allegedly playing beer pong while visiting the school's campus.

It was via an editorial, published in the university paper, The Brown Daily Herald, that the apology to Malia Obama was issued.

Titled Sorry, Malia Obama, it was published on Tuesday.

"The college application and selection process is stressful for most students who go through it, but one can only imagine how much the stress multiplies when the whole nation is watching. That is what Malia Obama is experiencing right now," the editorial reads. "News outlets as prominent as the New York Times are covering her touring process, and students at elite colleges across the country cross their fingers and chat over dining hall food about how cool it would be to go to the same school as President Obama’s daughter."

It was while visiting Brown University that someone took a Snapchat photo of Malia Obama that later circulated in many media circles.

The Brown University editorial noted that students there didn't necessarily realize how quickly their posts featuring the picture of Malia Obama could go viral.

"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 editorial continued. "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. 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."

The editorial ended saying it was "a shame" that Malia Obama was outed trying to enjoy an evening as a prospective college student.

"Malia did not choose to grow up in the White House, and it is unfair that everything she does at just 17 years old is subject to such harsh scrutiny," the editorial concluded. "While the chances of her selecting Brown have probably decreased since the publication of those articles, if she does ever come back to Brown, hopefully next time we will 'have more chill.'"

How much trouble do you suppose Malia Obama was in after these photos of her allegedly playing beer pong surfaced? Do you think there will be a lot more secret service members tailing Malia if she visits any more colleges?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.