Joking About #FreeMelania Sheds A Painful Light On Domestic Abuse | Transcendent Media Capital
If you spent time on Twitter or Instagram the past few weeks, you might have caught the #FreeMelania jokes swirling around on social media, which suggest that Melania Trump was so miserable at the inauguration, and possibly in her marriage, that we need to save her from the clutches of her husband. Of course, photos of public figures, particularly those involved in politics, are free for interpretation. But insinuating that someone is in an abusive relationship based on how they appear (or how often they speak), and then mocking them, shows how poorly Americans understand the gravity of domestic abuse and violence. An average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute in the United States, which adds up to more than 10 million abuse victims and survivors annually, according to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Whether it's Melania or someone else, when we make domestic abuse a laughing matter or minimize what someone might be going through, it