Why You Don't Mess With Michelle Obama

In a piece for xoJane, S.E. Smith breaks down why the actions of Ellen Sturtz -- the woman now infamously known as the first lady's heckler -- were uncouth.

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Michelle Obama speaking at the Savoy School (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In a piece for xoJane, S.E. Smith breaks down why the actions of Ellen Sturtz -- the woman now infamously known as the first lady's heckler -- were uncouth.

You don't interrupt while the adults are talking, folks. You just don't. You do not attend an event with the express intent of interrupting it, being rude both to the speaker and the audience. Other people were at that event to hear Michelle Obama, not Ellen Sturtz, they paid a lot of money to be there, and they were focused on what the First Lady had to say.

More to the point, though, heckling is also hugely counterproductive.

These kinds of "activist" stunts are getting common thanks to groups like CodePink and GetEqual (which appears to have sponsored Ms. Sturtz' little foray into the big leagues). Most are dominated by white, middle class women who have a very fixed idea of what "activism" is, and it seems to involve social disruption.

Read S.E. Smith's entire piece at xoJane.

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