Michelle O's Polite Dismissal of Oscar Haters: 'Not Surprising'

The first lady said that her appearance complemented her support for the arts. But if you still have a problem with it, it doesn't sound as if she'll be losing any sleep. 

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In certain circles, Michelle Obama gets criticized just for existing in the body and skin she was born with. So it's no shock at all that plenty of Americans had negative reactions to the first lady's Sunday-night satellite appearance at the Academy Awards. As the Associated Press put it, the broadcast "provoked a national conversation about whether it was appropriate, after some conservative critics accused her of selfishly crashing the event in an attempt to upstage it."

Here's what she had to say about the reaction, which she called "absolutely not surprising": "Shoot, my bangs set off a national conversation. My shoes can set off a national conversation. That's just sort of where we are. We've got a lot of talking going on ... "

Explaining that her strategy is to do things that further her larger goals, and that the Oscar appearance complemented her support for the arts, Mrs. Obama also said that she doesn't give a second thought to critical comments about what she does as first lady.  

In other words: Thanks for sharing. Moving on. 

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