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Billboard mocks Melania’s English, here’s how she responded

First lady Melania Trump threatened to sue a private school over its billboard that appeared to mock her English language skills.

What did the billboard say?

The billboard had a large image of the first lady with the words, “just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English,” implying that she did not have much ability to speak English.

The billboard appeared in Croatia, a country bordering the first lady’s country of origin, Slovenia.

Did they intend to insult the first lady?

It appears not. A representative for the private English language school in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, said it was misunderstood as an insult.

“We are very sorry that the billboards were misunderstood as something intended to mock the U.S. first lady,” said Ivis Buric. “It was meant to be something positive, to show her as a role model.”

They have agreed to take the billboards down after the first lady objected.

Will the first lady follow through with her threat?

It appears there’s a chance she might do that. In a statement to the Associated Press, a lawyer for the first lady said they were looking at their options for legal action.

“I’m satisfied with the fact that the school admitted that they violated the law and that they are ready to remove the billboards and (Facebook) ads,” lawyer Natasa Pirc-Musar said. “We are still analyzing possible further legal steps.”

Why does this story matter?

It doesn’t, really. Perhaps insofar as an insult to the first lady of the United States can be taken as a slight to the prestige and reputation of our entire nation, but really, if it was an accident on the part of the billboard designers, who cares? This is the kind of story people love to read in order to escape the drudgery of the real news, but let’s not neglect the more important issues that face this country and our fellow Americans.

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  1. John Allen

    September 20, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Go for it, Melania,

    I’m an English teacher and your English is charming, like the rest of you.

  2. Ourania

    September 20, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    English is my second language too. I speak, read and write English better than our college graduates. When we speak we may have an “accent” but rest assure we know grammar and how to spell.

  3. Linda Bassett

    September 20, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    The leftest here do it all the time, insult the First Lady, any way they can… shame on all of them…. So tired of all the hate..

  4. Andy

    September 21, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Before you complain about one’s accent, ask yourself how many languages YOU speak. I have friends from Asia and Europe that speak 4 to 6 languages. I can only do English. At least they try.

  5. Hilde Faes

    September 21, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Melania should not do that, she is from European origine, Croatia is very close to Slovenia , although I am from Western Europe, I am sure they mean it as a compliment which it is, they are proud of her, the only thing she would achieve with that act would be resentment, the school portrays her as a role model, I hope she has not forgotten how Europeans think, she is allowed to be completely American, but doing that would make her a lot les popular, even in my eyes and I am a citizen of one of the better European country’s…also I am sure when she left Europe her English was only “a little bit”…the misunderstanding comes from the Us site, it was a huge compliment…

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